Law & Order
Tabatt captured impressions and experiences in the jungle of paragraphs. He draws on the pictorial language of the legal profession, translating idioms, catchwords and technical terms such as „the mills of the law”, „vigilante justice” and „duty of confidentiality” into visual form.
Emblematic compositions are created, in which the paragraph sign in its distortions, twists, doubling and stretching is used as the obligatory basic motif of every picture. While at first glance the works seem like illustrations to the linguistic images however, a closer look reveals them to be a pictorial world in their own right following the consistent rules of transformation of Uwe Tabatt’s work.
This perhaps explains why it is so important to the artist to emphasize that often the picture existed before the title. Like the scale of justice, the contents of the pictures are held in such a way that they can deflect in one direction or the other.
Thus, the mouth sealed with a padlock can be a plea for as well as against the obligation of secrecy, and the glasses in paragraph form can stand for the necessary transparency, but just as well for the narrowing of the view. The painted rooms are futuristic, confusingly large or floorless; paragraphs offer only questionable support.
In his work on „Law & Order” Uwe Tabatt explores both the strengths and weaknesses of the legislation. An ostrich sorrowfully buries its head in the sand. Search through the maze of legal hieroglyphics for justice or gave up on it a long time ago. Even the dove of peace, flanked by the other important powers of money and violence, is only laboriously climbing out of the eggshell. In his painting „Traumata” he describes the realm of law as a fairy tale land.
The petty bourgeois garden gnome tears up the laws in conflict with the fairylike justice, but sometimes a butterfly emerges from it. Lies and deception effortlessly exist alongside fairytale solutions. That jurisdiction, like everything else, has its limits as shown by Uwe Tabatt in his painting „Views”. The earth rotates on paragraph tracks, in a space whose walls mark the limits of our knowledge of the universe.
7. October 2022