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Artist – Timotheus Tomicek

Swing, 2013

Jenkins Johnson Gallery
521 West 26th Street
Floor 5
New York, NY 10001
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Timotheus Tomicek’s video Swing is a part of his overarching goal to investigate how we fit into the world, how our unique experiences, emotions, and thoughts come together to form a whole. Tomicek brings together reduced versions of the entirety as a coherent account of humanity and our many facets. Swing, a black and white video, depicts a figure in an undefined space; we are left to wonder the context, the location, and the circumstances of the subject, who seem to enjoy his ride on the swing, while never quite engaging the viewer. As the Huffington Post noted, “Tomicek’s intense fixation on his subjects asks you to look closer. Suddenly everyday actions begin to look surreal…”. Tomicek invites us to more than just a glance at his work: he lends us his idea of the world, while also giving us an alternate view of our own. As he writes, “Unity, dissolution, illusion, and reality do not oppose one another but exist parallel and simultaneously.”

Tomicek lives and works in Vienna. He studied photography, film, and visual art in Vienna and earned his Masters Degree from the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. His work has been exhibited throughout Europe, including a solo exhibition at C/O Editions in Berlin. He was a Celeste Prize Finalist in Italy in 2012, earning a residency in Rome; a 2010 Finalist for the Arte Laguna Prize, Venice, Italy; and received the 15th Welde Art Prize in Photography in 2009. Following his successful solo project at Volta New York 2012, Tomicek was reviewed in Artinfo, The New York Examiner, The Huffington Post, Hamptons Art Hub, FAD, and CollabCubed.