Works of art by internationally renowned twin brothers Gert and Uwe Tobias are on display from December 9, 2012- April 4, 2013 at the Whitechapel Gallery at Windsor. It is the second of three annual exhibitions curated by the Whitechapel Gallery in partnership with Windsor’s co-founder and Creative Director The Hon. Hilary M. Weston, to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach. This is the first exhibition in Florida of the works of the Romanian-born artists.
Born in Transylvania, identical twins Gert and Uwe Tobias paint, sculpt, make traditional woodcut prints and draw with a typewriter. They have worked together since 2001 and when in their studio the artists often finish each other’s work, picking up where the other left off, so their art often evolves from the deeply shared understanding that twins sometimes develop. Their work is full of strange faces and creatures drawn from eastern European folk art and other influences which is combined with the influences of Russian abstract art from the early 20th century.
These artists’ large woodcut prints of vibrant, jewel-like colors are part of a site specific installation conceived for the unique environment of this gallery, providing a darkly magical counterpoint to The Gallery at Windsor’s tropical, beach-side setting. The starting point for the display is a huge two-panel 6-metre woodcut on paper on canvas. This contains hybrid figures with comically grotesque features, globular forms often in pale pastel colors and rectangles which bisect the picture plane – motifs are central to the artists’ pictorial language. The display also includes further colored woodcuts, collages, wall paintings and a unique invitation woodcut created especially for the exhibition as Gert and Uwe Tobias always do for their solo shows.
The exhibition will travel to London and be on display at the Whitechapel Gallery from April 16, 2013 – June 14, 2013.
© Photos Alistair Overbruck, Cologne/Gert & Uwe Tobias/VG. Bildkunst, Bonn