Untitled No. 242
Oil on Canvas
142 x 106cm
In Thomas Scheibitz's world of synthetic replication and commodity signifiers, even people are reduced to ideologically pragmatic form. Sparingly represented as flat cap and box ears, this figure meets all the requirements for the role of ‘sad professor'.
Thomas Scheibitz renders personal intimacy as a function of caricature, where visual description is inextricably entwined with stereotype and expectation. Through his simplified portrait, Thomas Scheibitz doesn't proffer dehumanisation, but a super-race streamlined for instant identification and hypothetical interaction.