b. 1966, Germany

Tobias Rehberger Artworks

Spanning immersive rooms, towering sculptures, site-specific installations, and paintings, Rehberger's works mine the disciplinary fields of architecture, design, and art. Rather than focusing on a specific mode of artistic production, Rehberger emphasises the understanding viewers have of the art object in relation to its surroundings.

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Using LED lights, glass globes, pixelated tableaux, or watercolour in his works, Rehberger brings mundane objects into new contexts to tackle concepts of transformation, perception, and awareness. Rehberger's work crosses dichotomous boundaries to undermine structures and definitions of what art really is.

Dazzle Camouflage

Dazzle designs are a recurring theme in Rehberger's work. The concept of 'dazzle camouflage' was a tactic used during the First World War to make it difficult for soldiers to pinpoint a target. The theory of 'dazzle painting' was first introduced in 1914 by the scientist John Graham Kerr, who found that this disruptive technique did not make the ships blend into their surroundings like traditional camouflage, but distorted them in such a way that it made it difficult to track the course they were travelling on.

Rehberger uses this distinct visual technique in immersive settings and site-specific installations. The contrasting curves and lines break up the shape and outline of the objects, creating an optical distortion. In 2014, Rehberger covered the 1918 HMS President, one of the last three surviving warships of its kind, with a 'dazzle camouflage' print.

Rehberger brings this contemporary visual experience to different environments as well, such as cafés and bars. He uses a black-and-white colour palette, sometimes interspersed with bursts of colour, and a repeated geometric pattern to cover these everyday spaces with the striking all-over effect and to play tricks on the eye. The viewer is forced to question the ways in which they interact with, and experience, their world.

These environments, often reminiscent of 1960s and 70s design, do not need to be confined to the museum or gallery space, giving them a type of accessibility that also challenges the status of the art object in an age of commoditisation.

Sculptures

Rehberger's 'Vase Portraits' or 'Porträtgefäße' are part of an ongoing series that explores the boundaries between the utilitarian and the decorative.

For his first round of 'portraits', Rehberger created vases from materials such as glass, ceramic, and 3D-printed aluminium, and requested friends and other artists to pick out flowers for the vases without having seen them first. Each vase and floral arrangement represented the aesthetic and personal preferences of these individuals, becoming a 'portrait' of each person.

This tongue-in-cheek approach to the traditional still life painting allows Rehberger to transform a utilitarian object into a non-functional artwork, investigating the idea of the art object within a new context.

Other sculptures explore Rehberger's interest in both the aesthetic and functional qualities of art. As part of his ongoing 'Infection' project, he utilises practical materials such as Velcro and cable to create dynamic sculptures that move fluidly between industrial objects and sculpture.

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Real Truth & Love by Tobias Rehberger contemporary artwork works on paper, sculpture
Tobias Rehberger Real Truth & Love, 2020 Neon tube, urethane paint on metal, electronic control system
Gallery Baton Contact Gallery
Something else is possible in Fäviken by Tobias Rehberger contemporary artwork installation
Tobias Rehberger Something else is possible in Fäviken, 2020 Acrylic latex velvet paint on MDF, plywood, PVC Cal
210 x 90 x 4.5 cm
Gallery Baton Contact Gallery
Wang Xingwei by Tobias Rehberger contemporary artwork mixed media
Tobias Rehberger Wang Xingwei, 2019 3D milled aluminium, pink China roses
44.3 x 33.3 x 33.3 cm
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire
Give me until tomorrow (STPI ONE FIVE) by Tobias Rehberger contemporary artwork print
Tobias Rehberger Give me until tomorrow (STPI ONE FIVE), 2018 Screenprint and UV print on STPI handmade paper
30 x 30 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery
Infection 6A5 by Tobias Rehberger contemporary artwork sculpture
Tobias Rehberger Infection 6A5, 2019 Velcro, wire, cable, socket, light bulb
90 x 70 x 75 cm
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire
Infection 1B0 by Tobias Rehberger contemporary artwork installation
Tobias Rehberger Infection 1B0, 2019 Velcro, wire, cable, socket, light bulb
80 x 75 x 83 cm
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire
Nothing happens for a reason by Tobias Rehberger contemporary artwork sculpture
Tobias Rehberger Nothing happens for a reason, 2019 LED tubes, light bulbs, metal, paint, adhesive foil, control system
126 x 140 x 15 cm
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire
Everything happens for a reason by Tobias Rehberger contemporary artwork installation
Tobias Rehberger Everything happens for a reason, 2019 LED tubes, light bulbs, metal, paint, adhesive foil, control system
126 x 140 x 15 cm
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire
Seagrass Bay, Laucala Island, Fiji by Tobias Rehberger contemporary artwork installation
Tobias Rehberger Seagrass Bay, Laucala Island, Fiji, 2019 Opaline glass, varnish, light bulb, cable, control system 100-year programmed sunrise/sunset
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire
infection 1L5 by Tobias Rehberger contemporary artwork installation
Tobias Rehberger infection 1L5, 2008 Velcro, cable, lightbulb
85 x 120 x 90 cm
Not for sale
Para Site
three funny girls by Tobias Rehberger contemporary artwork installation
Tobias Rehberger three funny girls, 2018 Powder-coated metal, laminated glass, cables sockets, lamps
192.3 x 74 x 74 cm
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire
自由 (Freedom) by Tobias Rehberger contemporary artwork installation
Tobias Rehberger 自由 (Freedom), 2017 Metal, paint, neon tubes, sockets, lightbulbs, control system
129.1 x 133.3 x 19.5 cm
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire
some things tend to change at all B by Tobias Rehberger contemporary artwork installation
Tobias Rehberger some things tend to change at all B, 2015 Pigmented wax, steel, wood, LED, cables, electrical control, transformer
121 x 71 x 50.5 cm
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire
free speech by Tobias Rehberger contemporary artwork mixed media
Tobias Rehberger free speech, 2016 Screen print on coloured pressed paper pulp
76.5 x 102.5 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery
Performance of two lonely objects that have a lot in common by Tobias Rehberger contemporary artwork installation
Tobias Rehberger Performance of two lonely objects that have a lot in common, 2014/2017 Coloured porcelain, glass lamp
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire
Fall by Tobias Rehberger contemporary artwork mixed media
Tobias Rehberger Fall, 2014 Watercolour on paper, wood plinth
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire
Die Welt kurz vor Erfindung des tiefen Tellers by Tobias Rehberger contemporary artwork installation
Tobias Rehberger Die Welt kurz vor Erfindung des tiefen Tellers, 2014 Watercolour on paper, coloured porcelain, wood
577 x 350 x 565 cm
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire
Utagawa Kunisada Shiko no nagame 1829 I by Tobias Rehberger contemporary artwork mixed media
Tobias Rehberger Utagawa Kunisada Shiko no nagame 1829 I, 2015 Mdf, acrylic paint, joint compound, USBstick/ digital print on paper
60 x 17.5 x 17.5 cm
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire
Dazzle Sculpture Fall by Tobias Rehberger contemporary artwork installation
Tobias Rehberger Dazzle Sculpture Fall, 2014 Watercolour on paper and wood plinth
Variable dimensions
Galerie Urs Meile Enquire
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