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What in the harbors of the world would be nothing more than a gigantic pyramid of stacked merchandise, turns out, upon closer look, to be a system of individual building blocks. The Hamburg photographer Thomas Eigel has stayed true to his subject of aesthetic abstraction. In an exact 4x4 format, he photographed the front side of overseas containers. The result is astounding: lackluster containers transform into mysterious, quadratic front pieces with all sorts of unique characteristics. Colors, fittings, logos, signs, and other extras tell the story of a trip around the world. One could even say: only the famous racing cars of the 1970s were more stylish.
It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's Pop Art! For his Plane series Thomas Eigel's characteristic formalism soars to new heights and brings the dream of flying to life with magnificent eye-popping machines. The artist crafts the airplanes in vibrantly saturated colors and sets them against monochrome backgrounds. This composition constructs a pop art experience of aerospace that celebrates the interplay of form and color. An encounter that goes beyond even Otto Lilienthal's wildest dreams.Bio
1959 Born 1980 Completion of secondary school 1980-86 Studies in ethnology, classical archaeology, philosophy, and communication at the Friedrich Wilhelm Universität zu Bonn 1986 freelance photographer 1998 opening of EIGEL STUDIOS advertising agency Lives and works (self-employed photographer) in Hamburg, GermanyExhibitions
2009 Maison Alexandre, Kunsthöfe, Berlin, Germany sichtbar, Elbrausch, Hamburg, Germany 2008 dark star, Landtag NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany 2007 Fine Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany Videokunst im Umspannwerk, Berlin, Germany Galerie Jan Schlütter, Cologne Liste Köln, Cologne eyes wide open, Galerie Vero Wollmann, Stuttgart
“Colour Summer,” Young Gallery, Brussels 2005 “Lisalounge,” Crowne Plaza City Centre, Cologne “Conversions,” Young Gallery, Brussels 2004 ShowRooms, Cologne “Homage an Eve Klein,” Taurus & Twins, Cologne Exhibition, Crowne Plaza City Centre, Cologne 2003 “Art Photography,” Vintage Gallery, Cologne