Black Swan features new works by Thomas Scheibitz including paintings, sculptures, and a continuation of his numbered group of works gp, large works on rag paper.

 

Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

 

Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Orion, 2021
Oil, vinyl and pigment marker on canvas
100 × 80 cm
39 3/8 × 31 1/2 inches

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Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Double, 2021
Oil, vinyl and pigment marker on canvas
80 × 60 cm
31 1/2 × 23 5/8 inches

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Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Orion, 2021
Oil, vinyl and pigment marker on canvas
100 × 80 cm
39 3/8 × 31 1/2 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Orion, 2021
Oil, vinyl and pigment marker on canvas
100 × 80 cm
39 3/8 × 31 1/2 inches

Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London
Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Orion, 2021

Thomas Scheibitz
Orion, 2021

Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Double, 2021
Oil, vinyl and pigment marker on canvas
80 × 60 cm
31 1/2 × 23 5/8 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Double, 2021
Oil, vinyl and pigment marker on canvas
80 × 60 cm
31 1/2 × 23 5/8 inches

Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London
Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Double, 2021

Thomas Scheibitz
Double, 2021

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Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Kleiner Speicher, 2021
Oil, vinyl and pigment marker on canvas
60 × 40 cm
23 5/8 × 15 3/4 inches

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Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Cloud, 2021
Oil, vinyl and pigment marker on canvas
70 × 50 cm
27 5/8 × 19 3/4 inches

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Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Kleiner Speicher, 2021
Oil, vinyl and pigment marker on canvas
60 × 40 cm
23 5/8 × 15 3/4 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Kleiner Speicher, 2021
Oil, vinyl and pigment marker on canvas
60 × 40 cm
23 5/8 × 15 3/4 inches

Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London
Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Kleiner Speicher, 2021

Thomas Scheibitz
Kleiner Speicher, 2021

Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Cloud, 2021
Oil, vinyl and pigment marker on canvas
70 × 50 cm
27 5/8 × 19 3/4 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Cloud, 2021
Oil, vinyl and pigment marker on canvas
70 × 50 cm
27 5/8 × 19 3/4 inches

Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London
Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Cloud, 2021

Thomas Scheibitz
Cloud, 2021

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The definition of the term and the exhibition title Black Swan describes a singular event that occurs unexpectedly, typically an occurrence that is considered to have a low probability but high impact, and only in hindsight is determined to have in fact been predictable. Thus, the title of the exhibition is a metaphor for the present time as well as for painting or the painting itself.

 

Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
gp 314, 2021
Vinyl and pigment marker on rag paper
103 × 153.5 cm
40 1/2 × 60 3/8 inches

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Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
gp 314, 2021
Vinyl and pigment marker on rag paper
103 × 153.5 cm
40 1/2 × 60 3/8 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
gp 314, 2021
Vinyl and pigment marker on rag paper
103 × 153.5 cm
40 1/2 × 60 3/8 inches

Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London
Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
gp 314, 2021

Thomas Scheibitz
gp 314, 2021

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A recurrent motif in the show is an oblique X or cross-shape. In gp 314 they are black and appear across the surface, seemingly stitching together different planes within a fairly undefined space, appearing as both part of the architecture and floating within it.

 

Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Echo, 2021
Oil, vinyl, spray paint and pigment marker on canvas
90 × 70 cm
35 3/8 × 27 5/8 inches

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The white cross-shape at the forefront of Echo is more like a redaction of sorts, glowing ethereally atop a number of rough-edged forms that appear like both sheets of paper and boundaries on a map. Such recurring forms function as both object and sign, adhering not to solely mimesis nor symbolism, looking to implement a sense of order whilst simultaneously letting it fall apart.

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Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Echo, 2021
Oil, vinyl, spray paint and pigment marker on canvas
90 × 70 cm
35 3/8 × 27 5/8 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Echo, 2021
Oil, vinyl, spray paint and pigment marker on canvas
90 × 70 cm
35 3/8 × 27 5/8 inches

Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London
Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Echo, 2021

Thomas Scheibitz
Echo, 2021

Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London
Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Echo, 2021

Thomas Scheibitz
Echo, 2021

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The white cross-shape at the forefront of Echo is more like a redaction of sorts, glowing ethereally atop a number of rough-edged forms that appear like both sheets of paper and boundaries on a map. Such recurring forms function as both object and sign, adhering not to solely mimesis nor symbolism, looking to implement a sense of order whilst simultaneously letting it fall apart.

In a practice that creates intrigue through a movement between the precipices of figuration and abstraction, Scheibitz looks to this liminal space, drawing from both art historical references and his vast archive of printed material to offer a complex visual of our time.

Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Idol, 2021
Mixed media, colored
70 × 74 × 42 cm
27 5/8 × 29 1/8 × 16 1/2 inches

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Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Idol, 2021
Mixed media, colored
70 × 74 × 42 cm
27 5/8 × 29 1/8 × 16 1/2 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Idol, 2021
Mixed media, colored
70 × 74 × 42 cm
27 5/8 × 29 1/8 × 16 1/2 inches

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Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Block, 2021
Mixed media, colored
71 × 81 × 59 cm
28 × 32 × 23 1/4 inches

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Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Block, 2021
Mixed media, colored
71 × 81 × 59 cm
28 × 32 × 23 1/4 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Block, 2021
Mixed media, colored
71 × 81 × 59 cm
28 × 32 × 23 1/4 inches

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The face in profile of Joker II, resembling perhaps a dissected android specimen in the process of reconfiguration, is anchored around a central circle that could be an iris, turntable or digital interface. With the facial features reduced to a series of disparate yet still recognisable forms, the work’s title creates allusions towards a deck of cards or the superhero villain.

Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Joker II, 2021
Oil, vinyl and pigment marker on canvas
100 × 80 cm
39 3/8 × 31 1/2 inches

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Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Joker II, 2021
Oil, vinyl and pigment marker on canvas
100 × 80 cm
39 3/8 × 31 1/2 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Joker II, 2021
Oil, vinyl and pigment marker on canvas
100 × 80 cm
39 3/8 × 31 1/2 inches

Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London
Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Joker II, 2021

Thomas Scheibitz
Joker II, 2021

Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London
Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Joker II, 2021

Thomas Scheibitz
Joker II, 2021

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The face in profile of Joker II, resembling perhaps a dissected android specimen in the process of reconfiguration, is anchored around a central circle that could be an iris, turntable or digital interface. With the facial features reduced to a series of disparate yet still recognisable forms, the work’s title creates allusions towards a deck of cards or the superhero villain.

Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

 

The similarly biomorphic properties of the figure in gp 312, a silver-clad torso appearing as avatar or medieval suit of armour, are confined to an indeterminate space, again operating between image and object.

Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
gp 312, 2021
Vinyl and pigment marker on rag paper
154 × 101.5 cm
60 5/8 × 40 inches

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Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
gp 312, 2021
Vinyl and pigment marker on rag paper
154 × 101.5 cm
60 5/8 × 40 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
gp 312, 2021
Vinyl and pigment marker on rag paper
154 × 101.5 cm
60 5/8 × 40 inches

Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London
Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
gp 312, 2021

Thomas Scheibitz
gp 312, 2021

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The similarly biomorphic properties of the figure in gp 312, a silver-clad torso appearing as avatar or medieval suit of armour, are confined to an indeterminate space, again operating between image and object.

Scheibitz posits events and spaces that can therefore be conceived of as black swans in themselves – hitherto unforeseen yet upon realisation in fact quite recognisable. In his work, the process of painting is not predictable, despite a fixed plan or concept. The probable or improbable interlocks with the impossible event, which at best may verge on invention. For Scheibitz, the term also belongs in an artistic realm because it stands for the certainty that things are not one-sided, that the world, or the image one makes of the world, remains unpredictable and thus unique.

 

Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Element, 2021
Oil, vinyl and pigment marker on canvas
40 × 50 cm
15 3/4 × 19 3/4 inches

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Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Kleine Landschaft, 2021
Oil, vinyl and pigment marker on canvas
70 × 50 cm
27 5/8 × 19 3/4 inches

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Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Kopf 1118, 2021
Oil, vinyl and pigment marker on canvas
50 × 40 cm
19 3/4 × 15 3/4 inches

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Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Element, 2021
Oil, vinyl and pigment marker on canvas
40 × 50 cm
15 3/4 × 19 3/4 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Element, 2021
Oil, vinyl and pigment marker on canvas
40 × 50 cm
15 3/4 × 19 3/4 inches

Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London
Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Element, 2021

Thomas Scheibitz
Element, 2021

Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London
Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Element, 2021

Thomas Scheibitz
Element, 2021

Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Kleine Landschaft, 2021
Oil, vinyl and pigment marker on canvas
70 × 50 cm
27 5/8 × 19 3/4 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Kleine Landschaft, 2021
Oil, vinyl and pigment marker on canvas
70 × 50 cm
27 5/8 × 19 3/4 inches

Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London
Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Kleine Landschaft, 2021

Thomas Scheibitz
Kleine Landschaft, 2021

Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London
Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Kleine Landschaft, 2021

Thomas Scheibitz
Kleine Landschaft, 2021

Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Kopf 1118, 2021
Oil, vinyl and pigment marker on canvas
50 × 40 cm
19 3/4 × 15 3/4 inches

Thomas Scheibitz
Kopf 1118, 2021
Oil, vinyl and pigment marker on canvas
50 × 40 cm
19 3/4 × 15 3/4 inches

Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London
Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

Thomas Scheibitz
Kopf 1118, 2021

Thomas Scheibitz
Kopf 1118, 2021

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Thomas Scheibitz – Black Swan – London

All installation views by Benjamin Westoby