Installation view of the artwork "Dirty Tree Black Pills", consisting of 30 black bomb sculptures, a chandelier and a painted canvas. Thomas Zipp, Sammlung Goetz Munich
Sammlung Goetz

Thomas Zipp MENS AGITAT MOLEM (Luther & The Family of Pills)

“Thomas Zipp is concerned with the notion that the power of good also generates the power of evil , and also by the idea that the subconscious power of repression and the Janus-headed aspect of all things invokes a negative, demonic aspect.“ (Ingvild Goetz)

Thomas Zipp likes to collate his individual works into an overall gesamtkunstwerk by re-structuring existing places and shaping them into settings for his own specific works in ways that exist only in this unique context. This approach formed the basis for his MENS AGITAT MOLEM (Luther & The Family of Pills) exhibition, which the artist curated to showcase the works already held by the Sammlung Goetz. The exhibition presented his works on paper, paintings and sculptures from the period 2002 to 2008, within the framework of an installative dialogue. The complex Dirty Tree Black Pills (2005) consisting of 30 sculptures, on a broad platform of black pill or bomb shaped sculptures, two paper collages, a large-wscale painting and a neon lamp suspended from the ceiling, formed the epicentre of the exhibition.
Zipp‘s works bear the stamp of complex reflections on the art historical, scientific and political themes that he so often places with playful humour at the heart of his work. His works cannot be approached from a purely analytical stance, but from an associative viewpoint instead, in which the unspoken plays a compellingly tantalising role. Zipp is interested in the various different states of the human mind and spirit, which he invariably places at the forefront of his work. Surrrealist apects also play a key role.

Thomas Zipp

152 pages, 82 ill., hardcover
German/English
2009, Kunstverlag Ingvild Goetz GmbH, Hamburg
ISBN 978-3-939894-12-4
€ 25,00

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