REITER galleries

Thomas Sommer

Painting, collage, graphics and assemblage – Sommer masters the balancing act between high standards and accessibility.
The elaborate segments of landscapes are characterized by the longing for a perfect picture. Other works portray images with overburdening quotations and abundance of design elements. The collections of different pieces produce a dynamic chaos of Bockwurst and Batman, angels and ice-cream cones. The erratic accumulation of things also symbolizes the objects of an ideal world presented through different techniques, forms and colours on canvas. The work reflects the authentic happenings in our present time, which in a broad sense relates to the longing for order and distance.
In his work „Triumph der Mineure“, Sommer paints clearly defined, deep and colourful landscapes and horizons, where the Olympian people are subjected to oversize elements of the earth. The narrative in the works produced on wide canvases tells us a story about the wondering creatures.
The large series of cloud paintings also resemble the recent works of art, through the concrete appearance of the nature. However, they are equally fictional developments on canvas as they are created through pure imagination. Like miniature versions of the pre-renaissance and monastery painting, the barren landscapes are stylized and enhanced in terms of their colour and structure. Under the great sky and wide landscapes, the figure is tiny and subdued. The proportions, massive landscape formations and the colouring of the turbulent sky express a resonating and ominous element in the work.
Sommer's drawings are created using a combination of wall and facade paints, lacquer, pen, and ink. Which are then scratched, drawn and glued to offset printing plates. The basis of the printing plates relate to motifs seen in earlier works from a catalog production. Here, it can be experienced as counter-work against one's own through its friction and self-inquiry that is constantly revising and updating itself.

Sommer has used artistic recycling as the principle objective for his object boxes. Drawings are transformed into three-dimensional forms that measure 30 x 64.5 x 15cm; they are glazed, oak-wooded corner boxes that are archieve numbered and represented in 50 unique assemblages.
What happens in these miniature cabinets is the imitation of contrasting perceptions. The world is divided in to separate components that are the reassembled and placed. The first set of boxes follow the simple principles of display as much as possible. Whereas, in the earlier boxes the arrangements were much more controlled. Now the figurative elements of painterly, graphic details are combined with paper and transparent materials that are folded, layered and interlocked. The path leads the viewer from the representational presentation of the work into the deep multi-surfaced space.

CV

1967
born in Torgau
1992 - 1999
studies under supervision of Prof. Arno Rink und Prof. Sighard Gille at the Academy of Visual Arts. Leipzig
1999 - 2001
post-graduate studies under supervision of Prof. Sighard Gille
Thomas Sommer lives and works in Mockritz near Torgau.

publications

2012
»Sonnenschein« catalogue
2006
»Thomas Sommer« exhibition catalogue »Die Erde ist eine Scheibe in der Mitte des Universums« maerzgalerie. Leipzig (available at maerzgalerie)
2005
»Die Zwölfte« catalogue of 12. Leipziger Jahresausstellung. Leipzig
2003
Deutsche Bundesbank. catalogue. Frankfurt am Main
2000
»Klasse Gille« catalogue. Galerie Timm Gierig. Frankfurt am Main

exhibitions

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016
»Schluss mit lustig« maerzgalerie. Berlin
2014
»Trust us!« with Sebastian Neeb. maerzgalerie. Leipzig
2013
»Pleasures of conformity« maerzgalerie. Berlin (C)
2011
»Triumph der Mineure« maerzgalerie. Leipzig
2010
»Punkt 9 am Provisorium« maerzgalerie. Berlin
2009
»Das Ganze steuert der Blitz« galerie maurer. Frankfurt am Main
2008
»Archiv C1-C14« maerzgalerie. Leipzig (C)
2006
»Die Erde ist eine Scheibe in der Mitte des Universums« maerzgalerie. Leipzig (C)
2004
»Thomas Sommer« maerzgalerie. Leipzig
2003
Deutsche Bundesbank. Frankfurt am Main (C)
2001
post-graduate exhibition Academy of Visual Arts. Leipzig
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017
»Fountain of Youth« R E I T E R. Leipzig
2016
»paint euphoria« maerzgalerie, Leipzig
2015
»Leipzig Unfolding« Lloyds Club, London. UK

»ten of cups« maerzgalerie. Leipzig
2014
»Mensch werde wesentlich« Freunde aktueller Kunst. Zwickau
2013
»salondergegenwart« Hamburg (C)

»showcase« with Michael Krenz. maerzgalerie. Leipzig
2011
»Welcome (New) Home!« maerzgalerie. Berlin
2010
»maerzflimmern 99/09« maerzgalerie. Leipzig
2009
»Details Sketchy« maerzgalerie. Berlin

»maerzflimmern« maerzgalerie. Berlin
2006
»EAST goin‘ WEST« Fahrradhalle. Offenbach
2005
»Die Zwölfte« 12. Leipziger Jahresausstellung. Städtisches Kaufhaus. Leipzig (C)

»Ein Glück, dass sie da sind ...« maerzgalerie. Leipzig
2001
»Lucas, Schreyer, Sommer« Galerie Timm Gierig. Frankfurt am Main
2000
»Neues aus Meisterklassen« Bauconsult-Köln. Cologne

»Klasse Gille« Galerie Timm Gieri. Frankfurt am Main (C)
(C) Catalogue
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