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Cheyco Leidmann


Cheyco Leidmann staged "High Toxi-City"

We live our lives on the edge of madness, said Cheyco Leidmann. In "High Toxi-City", exhibited from November 16 to December 8, 2012 at the gallery moretti & moretti in Paris, shows the the visual artist's vision of the world and its dark side.


Casting a light back onto the shadows showing up details in a visualized twilight  theater about the struggle between reality and madness,the paradox of irony and illusion,confronted with the fact that we are "living at the edge of madness" this is "HighToxi-City".The new black and red conceptual images by Cheyco Leidmann, never shown before and presented together with big-scale color images( all together 131), are glutted in their monochrome tones,on palettes of a piercing eroticism, they participate with all their heat to any kind of apocalyptic vision. Authentic,real and unrestrainedly brutal-though at first sight the brutality appears to remain concealed behind an aesthetic contemplation.The bodies enjoy and bleed at the same time.Screams of pleasure open fester wounds.The abyss of perversion is only revealed upon closer scrutiny.The beholder is equally captured in the image as are the morbid,seemingly mad figures in their fantasies.These fantasies are only unraveled slowly,by means of the lighting guiding the viewer through the picture and revealing gradually the fundamental aspects to him.
Empty houses,windows without glass,reflect the desperateness,the finality of the situation.Faces without eyes,beetles and religious symbols with a depth of eroticism turn the image into a memento mori of our time. Some images create a mural-like,imposing complex composition confronting issues critical to contemporary urbanism.Flux and reflux capture the world in a state of chaos.The event manifests an encounter between two views.One demonstrating Cheyco Leidmann's commitment to this new interpretation of neo-visualism,including a specific triptych constellation composed of multiple images and the other showing his hard-core color classics.It is a dialogue of true substance which should inspire the viewers eyes,thoughts and emotions seeing the truth of the picture , which by then is no longer just in black and white. Creative collaborator Ypsitylla von Nazareth accompanies Cheyco Leidmann.

© Cheyco Leidmann


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