tobias rehberger tiles pixelated pornographic landscape at art basel miami beach
 
tobias rehberger tiles pixelated pornographic landscape at art basel miami beach tobias rehberger tiles pixelated pornographic landscape at art basel miami beach
dec 07, 2015

tobias rehberger tiles pixelated pornographic landscape at art basel miami beach

tobias rehberger tiles pixelated pornographic landscape at art basel miami beach 
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within the mammoth convention center that hosts art basel miami beach, german artist tobias rehberger has installed a monumental installation and mural that subtly illustrates a vividly pornographic scene. presented for the fondation beyeler, ‘1661-1910 from nagasaki, meiji, setti’ takes over the gallery booth with a sea of wallpapered mosaic tiles, each diversely colored and carefully positioned within the space. at close range, visitors experience an unrecognizable blur of saturated squares that canvas the three surrounding walls.

 

from this viewpoint, various objects placed around the room such as vases filled with flora, benches and a freestanding ashtray, seem to be integral components of the mural, correspondingly wrapped in the vibrant tile print. it is only when the viewer steps back, and perceives the installation from great distance or through a smartphone screen, that the blurred pixels reveal themselves as a large-scale pornographic landscape.

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from a distance, the pornographic scene depicted in the tiled configuration begins to take shape 
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originally created for the lower floor exhibition space at the fondation beyeler in switzerland, the installation depicts a series of sexually explicit scenes based off japanese erotic shunga drawings that become acutely clear when seen from afar. various sexual positions and postures are illustrated though the meticulous and calculated placement of monochrome colored faux-tiles, each separated by a thin ‘grout’ line that lends a realistic mosaic texture to the scene.

 

the three walls that make up the gallery booth each narrate a different erotic moment described by a sequence of figures engaging in various sexual acts. the added objects placed within the center of the room become elemental parts of the overall interior scheme, projecting shapes and colors in three dimensions away from the walls and amplifying the dynamism of the spectacle.

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various sexual positions and postures are illustrated though the placement of monochrome colored faux-tiles
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the erotic scene is made up of individual colored squares installed around the gallery walls 
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benches, vases and ashtrays placed around the space project the scene into three dimensions
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the three walls each depict a different sexually explicit scene within the space 
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on the right, a figure can be interpreted as bending over while another figure is closely positioned behind
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the wall of tiles is seemingly a blur of colorful squares when viewed at close range 
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an unrecognizable blur of color is paneled along the wall at the gallery booth 
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detail of the flower vase that adds a third dimension of color and shape to the flat installation 
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ashtray detail of ‘1661-1910 from nagasaki, meiji, setti’
image courtesy of the fondation beyeler

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a pornographic scene is illustrated in the colorful composition of squares 
image courtesy of the fondation beyeler

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the entire scene is revealed as visitors step back and look at the installation from a distance 
image courtesy of the fondation beyeler

 

 


tobias rehberger speaks at fondation beyeler at art basel miami beach 2015
video courtesy of fondationbeyeler
  • very very interesting

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    Thanks

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