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‘Vacanze 365’ by Andreas Schulze at Team Gallery, New York

Untitled (Vacanze) 22, Andreas Schulze, 2017, acrylic on nettle cloth, 170 x 230 cm, Exhibited in Vacanze 365 2017
(Team Gallery, New York)

Team Gallery presents German painter Andreas Schulze’s “Vacanze 365.”

It is the artist’s fourth exhibition with Team Gallery. Andreas Schulze has created a cohesive body of figurative paintings. Each of the artworks tells a story of a beach holiday in the painter’s abstrusely playful visual language.

The characters in his story are extremely unique and are loosely recognizable as such. They seem eerily mechanical with their figures having their heads cut off and their bodies are made to look like gleaming cylindrical tubes. The appearances they carry seem inorganic and mechanical and the fact is emphasized by the artist with a small detail of a hole around the midriff, emitting dense and grey exhaust steam from the bodies. Endured by Schulze’s typical artistic practice, his figures are warm and cartoonish providing a thin mask for his mysterious and frequently sinister themes as well as motifs to evolve through his work. The paintings are apparently bizarre and contradictory depictions of quotidian subjects that have the perfect balance between affection and menace.

The series depict an oddball sense of humor of the artist, extensive with visual punning and overwhelming stylization.  The approach allows the viewers to experience his work’s subtly foreboding undertones as well as his dark perspective towards the modern day-to-day life. The series quotes brilliantly and not overtly the commonly used phrase of “blowing off steam.” The beach going bodies emit the polluted steam to embody the phrase through his visual puns. The fantasy of a year-long vacation, going by the title, is a projected fantasy shown in the series providing a hopeful respite from the mechanics of petit bourgeois life-cycle.  The figures created by the artist prove the point with embodying machine-like physiques matched with their faceless anonymity. The dehumanizing characters are to the artist, just the reflection of the mechanical life that treats people as commodities following a capitalist philosophy of life.

The exhibition is on view from September 7 through September 30, 2017 at 83 Grand St, New York, NY 10013, USA

For details, visit: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide/team/overview

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the artworks.