Thomas Helbig, Robin Waart

Form and Fear and Muse


10 March - 7 April 2012

Form and Fear and Muse

Thomas Helbig’s precisely composed, semi-abstract paintings provoke a feeling of confusion and fascination in the viewer. The soft, muted geometric shapes and colours that stretch and blur over the surface of his canvases look slightly adrift, as if in the process of emerging from a backdrop of uncertainty, rife with possibility. 


Robin Waart’s work deals with questions of repetition, collecting, memory and nostalgia. Often the inner language of a medium, whether book, film, Polaroid or a cliché, marks the starting point of a project. Like the sculptor who doesn’t sculpt or the lover with no one to love, Waart makes pictures while avoiding being a photographer, or produces a book about not-writing. He is interested in how we all echo the stories and the words of others, and how we are influenced by myths of individuality and origin(ality) – noticing that what we start with is always a fragment, that fragments are rem(a)inders, but beginnings too.