Tomas Loewy Artist Statement: My work explores the relationship between a superficial, visually appealing punch and the tyrannical need to express relevance although the personal meaning is hidden. To reveal it would be too much, to ignore it, not enough. With influences as diverse as Kafka, Dali and Rammstein – without forgetting Lichtenstein and Wittgenstein - subversive new tensions are filtered into my vision from both explicit and overtly transparent layers, in constant dialogue with each other. That is Burning Man for me, the sum of all parts, and much bigger than that, reconfigured to suit one’s ephemeral efforts – always fitting, where there is no apparent reason to do so. Ever since I left steady employment as a software developer at Siemens I have been fascinated by the essential unreality of a mutating zeitgeist. What starts out as the latest triumph of the human spirit soon becomes manipulated by the tragedy of copycats, leaving only a sense of nihilism and the start of a new radically self-inspired and self-reliant beginning. Thru that I like to challenge myself and always see a new creative dawn in the continuity of constant creation and re-creation. As shifting replicants fill the visually void world with selfies and group images even at a most influential event like Burning Man, becoming uninspiringly frozen through diligent and repetitive practice, I am fighting (mostly with myself, but also with the adoring world) to stand out with every single image, so that the viewer is left with a testament to the possibilities triumphing with the will to overcome the lack of vision of our era. As Wittgenstein remarked, eternal life belongs to those who live in the present. Our life has no end in the way in which our visual field has no limits.
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