Monday, 11 July 2011


Swiss artist Mathias Schauwecker returns to the Várfok Galéria in Budapest, two years after his previous show, to exhibit his latest series of images exploring the human physique and psyche.

On entering the exhibition you are greeted by Schaewecker's giant, nightmarish, mixed media drawings. Standing at over 2m tall, these colossal images are the newest pieces in the show. However, those of you who are familiar with Schauwecker's work will no doubt recognise that he is exploring the same themes and aesthetics which he has explored throughout his career.

The work of Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan (amongst others) has had a strong influence over Schauwecker as he subverts and distorts our perceptions of the 'human being'. Each individual drawing is like a series of expert studies of  human anatomy amalgamated into one single form. The result? Deformed, writhing, contorted limbs which wouldn't look out of place in a Jeroen Bosch painting or as a creature from the Silent Hill video game series. 

In addition to the large-scale series of drawings, Schauwecker presents a selection of paintings from his Sleepwalkers series. These highly expressive paintings portray scenes of hybrid monsters caught somewhere between reality and dreams, like a nightmare which is clawing its way out of the artist's sub-conscious.

Schauwecker continues the theme of dreams - particuarly nightmares - in an animated film which features a simple animated line drawing mapping out the events unfolding within the unconscious mind. Terrifying creatures with sharp, lethal looking fangs twist and spiral around the screen in a continual loop.

Mathias Schauwecker's The Indistinct Breath of the Image runs until the 30th of July at the Várfok Galéria

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