MARTIN LIEBSCHER 500000 Liebschers can´t be wrong...
New Photographic Works
September 2 - October 30, 2010 VOGES GALLERY, Frankfurt
In 1992 Martin Liebscher and five of his digital alter egos gathered in the artist’s modest kitchen in the Moselstrasse in Frankfurt, where he was then studying at the prestigious Städelschule. That image became the first example of the ongoing series, entitled "Familienbilder" (Family Photos), in which the artist reproduces himself ad infinitum within a given environment. Incidentally, it was also the first time the digital reproduction of the human form was used in a contemporary artwork.
Meanwhile there are literally thousands of Liebschers populating the world: cavorting at the seashore, working at the Stock Exchange, or seated in Operahouses. In these somewhat baroque vistas, which can easily take up to over six months to complete, the artist performs every possible function with a wit and verve bordering on maniacal; it is not vanity that pushes Liebscher to replicate himself, but rather desperation in that nobody else would have the patience. He is both principle actor, stand-in, extra and projection screen. While seemingly facile, the work addresses several philosophical themes from the loss of identity, to the diversity of the Self, to the question of Fate and whether we are restricted to a single course of action. His latest major piece "La Scala" was staged in the famous Opera House in Milan after almost 2 years preparation and will be premiered in this upcoming exhibition at VOGES GALLERY. It will conclude the series of Concert and Festival Halls, including Philharmonie (Berlin), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Volksbühne (Berlin) and the Opera in Lille.