Malte Urbschat

Behind the Sun

07.08 – 12.09.2009

The swan is chained, while a group of foxes are holding a meeting after the hunt. The eagle’s sister, the wise frog and his friends are keeping an eye on everything in due distance. Urbschat’s drawings, collages, sculptures and installations focus on subjects such as disappointment and deceit, the omnipresence of surveillance, the phenomenon of lucid dreaming, the symptoms of migraine attacks and methods of hunting and tracking.


Urbschat’s preferred materials in his expansive installations are mainly glittering or reflective materials such as foil, tinsel, tape, spray paint or Plexiglas which he then combines with natural elements and found objects like wool, feathers, twigs and empty bottles. The form of these sculptures and installations consists of figurative and abstract elements whose conceptual arrangements create an inter-referential system that places demands on the associative imagination of the viewer.


Every work implies multiple interpretations, yet retains a sense of mystery. Urbschat explores systems of information and everyday occurrences, debunking them with his own scientific method. His work reflects an examination of utopias and conspiracy theories and their narratives and methods of representation. By exploring conspiracies, Urbschat questions their originators and those who serve to benefit from them. Cultural myths, social phenomena and supposed truths are all reflected in Urbschat’s work.


Malte Urbschat was born in 1972 and studied at Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg. He is one of the initiators of the Forgotten Bar Project, which began in Berlin and has been shown in Milan, Turin, Stockholm, Cologne, Basel and New York.