Gert Tobias; Uwe Tobias
With "Untitled" Gert & Uwe Tobias present an installation consisting of twenty-one works including large woodcuts, drawings and sculptures, within a walldrawing that covers all the walls of the exhibition space. As with all their previous installations, the Tobias have created a poster, a large color woodcut that exemplifies their original way of making writing and image dialogue. In this way, the poster becomes a work of art, contextual to the other works on display, and an advertising tool. In their works, iconic elements of easy readability, taken from the popular culture of the land of origin, Transylvania, and from images of European folklore, where archaic myths and traditions are deposited with a strong naivety and extreme expressiveness often combined with elements of decorative iteration, blend with a contemporary formal language that finds its artistic antecedents in early Modernism, in Klee, in Constructivism, in Art Brut as well as in popular culture in general. Many of their typing designs - which associate sculptural patterns with embroidery - can be found, for example elements inspired by Eastern European socialist architecture. All this gives the work a great formal originality - for its extraordinary immediacy and, at the same time for the ironic postmodern tendency to quote - and procedural, for the innovative use of the media, such as the color woodcut technique used for large format works. In addition to large woodcuts, in which abstract and figurative elements merge, Gert & Uwe Tobias create ceramic sculptures, works on paper (gouache, collages, typing and pen drawings), also mixing various techniques and materials within a single work. The two artists use an unmistakable, intense and luminous palette based, above all, on the layering process of the color strongly inspired by folklore, even if it is devoid of any purely decorative character. The use of colors in a logical or totally illogical way with respect to the subject of the image is their constant peculiarity. The Tobias work both separately and together, but always jointly sign everything they produce. Their works, however they are conceived and created, are the result of an extreme visual coherence so that it is possible to speak of perfectly twinned visual imagination and formal identity.