Simon Schubert’s occupation with »disappearance« in the works of Samuel Beckett strongly influenced his own artistic work. In non-space, or rather sub-space, he eventually found a sculptural equivalent to the intensity of reduction and abstraction found in Beckett’s literary work.
By folding paper Schubert generates objects out of the surface that are situated in an interspace between two- and three-dimensionality. Different lighting conditions, the transitions of daylight, twilight - the folded works disappear in constant variation into nothingness, into white. Materiality and technique are extremely reduced. Positive and negative paper folds create a kind of relief, light reflections and shades turn it into a three-dimensional picture. In the exhibition “Entwohner” Simon Schubert presents - alongside single paper works and one sculpture – an expansive room installation: an apartment, a room especially designed for the tangible three-dimensional; walkable and inhabited, yet impenetrable in its mysterious depth. The viewer plunges into a physical and mental field, around the centre of which revolves the loneliness of the individual, the interplay of inner and outer space. Simon Schubert was born in 1976 in Cologne. From 1997 to 2002 he studied Arts under Irmin Kamp at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where he received his diploma in 2004. He was recently awarded the highly coveted Vordemberge-Gildewart scholarship of the city of Cologne.
*Entwohner could be translated as: “dishabitant”. Titel of Simon Schubert’s first exhibition at the van der grinten gallery, Cologne, in November-December 2005
Kudlek van der Grinten Galerie, 2005