Tjorg Douglas Beer,
ceramics stamped glazed,
158.9 x 40 x 40 cm
SIMSALABIM is the first solo exhibition in Vienna by German-born artist Tjorg Douglas Beer. The show focuses on new glazed ceramics and bronze figures, all created within the last two years. Pillars, rockets and bombs are stamped with faces and other various objects from the artist's studio. They appear as a symbiosis of an anthropomorphic representation with an inanimate object, as assemblages of figure and technical form. The bronzes are partly inspired by idealised human figures, reaching back to classical Greek sculpture. Composed of Ken or Barbie dolls and other plastic objects like fast food containers, cutlery and bottles, they show an utopian / dystopian character. Complementing the sculptures, abstract paintings with a focus on the process of painting, are shown in the exhibition. They are the result of an intensive artistic process between interaction and improvisation.
Tjorg Douglas Beer (*1973, Lübeck) lives and works in Hamburg, Neuendorf im Sande near Berlin and Athens. His works are part of major art collections and have been shown in galleries, institutions and museums in Europe, the United States, South America and Asia, e.g. Palais de Tokyo, France, Heart Herning Museum for Contemporary Art, Denmark and the Manifesta Biennale 11, Zurich, Switzerland.