Foley, New York
Simon Schubert is best known for creating intricate works by meticulously creasing a single sheet of paper into dimensional images of real or imagined interiors.
In Schubert’s most recent work, he continues exploring architectural details and empty domestic interiors with folded paper and graphite. The elaborate project involves a fictional house with accompanying illustrations. The graphite and creased paper works show views of the house, which allude to the mysterious and surreal nature of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”
Schubert works with similar tonalities, focusing on the scenes incoming natural window light and the shadows that play on his paper floors and walls. The viewer is able to step into these interiors, both meditative and haunting, embracing their elegance while searching for meaning and our place in the world. The style of Schubert’s interiors remain influenced by 19th Century Danish painter, Vilhelm Hammershoi, who employed low-key tones of grays to create a somber interior environment.
Schubert lives and works in Cologne, Germany. From 1997 to 2004 he trained at the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf in the sculpture class of Irmin Kamp. The grand interiors he depicts are realistic yet illusory, and reflect notions of isolation, loneliness, and loss.