Friday, 10 February 2012

Gert & Uwe Tobias

Hey havent posted in a while I've been getting on with some linocuts, but once I've printed them prepare for some major blogging. Anyway I saw this and just had to post it. These etchings are delicious!

Made by the Romanian- born German Twins Gert and Uwe Tobias, more commonly known for their woodcuts (recently shown at the Saatchi Gallery). These Echings have been made in collaboration with  Jacob Samual for the MoMA Print/Out exhibition. "Samuel taught them the basics of etching and helped them translate and adapt motifs from popular culture, Eastern European folk art, and, in particular, reproductions of nineteenth-century drawings by schizophrenic patients."
 I'm absolutely blown away by their darkly abstract figures, their so morbidly fascinating I can't look away. It's interesting that most of the figures are smiling with gaping round eyes that communicate very little. The lovely aquatint textures give these etchings the feeling that these are something impulsive and unplanned, as well a lot of richness and interesting depth. Love it.

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