Tobias Spichtig

Hi is just another word for Hello

10 January – 14 February 2020

KALEIDOSCOPE at Spazio Maiocchi, Milan

Jan Kaps, Tobias Spichtig, Hi is just another word for Hello, Installation View

Installation View

Jan Kaps, Tobias Spichtig, Hi is just another word for Hello, Installation View

Installation View

Jan Kaps, Tobias Spichtig, Hi is just another word for Hello, Installation View

Installation View

Jan Kaps, Tobias Spichtig, Hi is just another word for Hello, Installation View

Installation View

Jan Kaps, Tobias Spichtig, Hi is just another word for Hello, Looking at Nature on the way down., 2016, Dressing gown, skis, metal and resin, 200 x 160 x 25 cm

Looking at Nature on the way down., 2016, Dressing gown, skis, metal and resin, 200 x 160 x 25 cm

Jan Kaps, Tobias Spichtig, Hi is just another word for Hello, Serving the wave, 2020, Vinyl print and oil on canvas, 165 x 230 cm

Serving the wave, 2020, Vinyl print and oil on canvas, 165 x 230 cm

Jan Kaps, Tobias Spichtig, Hi is just another word for Hello, Last drink in Berlin with Mihda and Paolo (who's inside the restaurant) before leaving for Paris., 2019, Vinyl print and oil on canvas, 185 x 140 cm

Last drink in Berlin with Mihda and Paolo (who's inside the restaurant) before leaving for Paris., 2019, Vinyl print and oil on canvas, 185 x 140 cm

Jan Kaps, Tobias Spichtig, Hi is just another word for Hello, Installation View

Installation View

Jan Kaps, Tobias Spichtig, Hi is just another word for Hello, Untitled, 2020, Vinyl print and oil on canvas, 190 × 130 cm

Untitled, 2020, Vinyl print and oil on canvas, 190 × 130 cm

Jan Kaps, Tobias Spichtig, Hi is just another word for Hello, Weltuntergang, 2020, Vinyl print and oil on canvas, 195 × 145 cm

Weltuntergang, 2020, Vinyl print and oil on canvas, 195 × 145 cm

Jan Kaps, Tobias Spichtig, Hi is just another word for Hello, Jakobita, 2017, Vinyl print on canvas, 180 × 125 cm

Jakobita, 2017, Vinyl print on canvas, 180 × 125 cm

Jan Kaps, Tobias Spichtig, Hi is just another word for Hello, Installation View

Installation View

Jan Kaps, Tobias Spichtig, Hi is just another word for Hello, Installation View

Installation View

Jan Kaps, Tobias Spichtig, Hi is just another word for Hello, Don't you think it´s a bit problematic., 2020, Vinyl print and oil on canvas, 200 × 140 cm

Don't you think it´s a bit problematic., 2020, Vinyl print and oil on canvas, 200 × 140 cm

Jan Kaps, Tobias Spichtig, Hi is just another word for Hello, Blumen im Topf, 2019, Vinyl print and oil on canvas, 210 × 150 cm

Blumen im Topf, 2019, Vinyl print and oil on canvas, 210 × 150 cm

Press release

The show HI IS JUST ANOTHER WORD FOR HELLO—featuring a series of new paintings and a site-specific installation of disused electric appliances—expands on Spichtig’s ongoing fascination with environmental interventions, conceived as claustrophobic scenarios where the viewer feels like an intruder.

Inspired by tattoos, typography and ornaments, Spichtig’s paintings investigate the duality of the sign, intended both as global and personal at the same time. The canvases—deriving from vinyl prints of appropriated images and iPhone shots heat pressed onto the surface and subsequently painted with oil—investigate the nature of the painting as the ultimate luxury: an image that will last forever.

Spichtig’s works are often installed in spaces that he fills wall-to-wall with multiples of a single type of domestic consumer good—mattresses, kitchen tables, refrigerators, couches—so that the paintings themselves are partially blocked from the visitor’s view. In his exhibition at Spazio Maiocchi, the artist will incorporate a wall of second-hand air conditioners, a discarded commodity chosen for the immaterial, invisible quality of its task: transforming air and energy.

A billboard commission in the courtyard of Spazio Maiocchi completes the exhibition.

Caroline Busta