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Gert & Uwe Tobias Exhibition 2013

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Woodwork in an Enchanted Forest
gert and uwe tobias, white chapel gallery
Photo Courtesy of Gert and Uwe Tobias, White Chapel Gallery

They share the same parents, same birthday, and the same profession. The Romanian twins, Get and Uwe Tobias are a collaborative artistic force, working in various different mediums, including sculptures, collages, and drawings; their main focus, however, is in using wood. Since moving to Germany in 1985, the pair have been influenced by communist style art, including postwar paintings and European folklore.

Their giant woodcuts and wall paintings may be abstract, but the geometric shapes and vivid colours create aesthetically pleasing installations that can be viewed at the Whitechapel Gallery until the 14th July. Their collages are also intriguing, in that they merge both a oxymoronic tone of playfulness and violence as human body parts are assembled in such a way that they transform into animals and plants by a trick of the eye.

While the exhibition itself is free, there will also be some free and inexpensive events that you can attend, such as a 3 Crib Notes Tour specifically designed for those with young children. There will also be free talks on the 2nd & 30th of May, and a special children's Enchanted Forest art course between the 28th-31st May.

For 10 you can attend the First Thursday Folklore on the 6th June, which will include screenings, workshops, and talks, while on the 7th June you can learn about botany in art at an 8 Botanical Imagination discussion.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 14th June
Phone: 44 (0)20 7522 7888
Where: Whitechapel Gallery
Cost: Free
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