About Gabriel Vormstein
Using newspaper and other transient, organic, and “poor” materials, Gabriel Vormstein is best known for his portraits on primed newspaper of women appropriated from artworks by Austrian artist Egon Schiele. Using the mechanical text of the financial pages as a ‘canvas’, Vormstein highlights both the age and the ephemerality of these female figures—painted in bright watercolor, their unpainted skin blending into the printed background—while capturing fleeting histories in the background text and images. The materials Vormstein uses in his sculptures—abstract constructions of twigs, tape, and edibles such as nuts and peppers—possess a similarly humble yet evocative quality.
German, b. 1974, Konstanz, Germany, based in Berlin, Germany