Till Rabus questions the limits of realistic figuration, and develops an aesthetic based on the telescoping between imaginary objects and characters, or elements taken from their immediate environment.
Rabus’ work may be born from a vacation snapshot gleaned from the Internet, to which he will then add a “disturbing” element. His artistic course is emblematic of the digital age where what’s at play is no longer to know what merits being photographed, but rather what merits being conserved or even transposed from a file to a painting on canvas. For other compositions, like his « TRANSFORMER » series, the artist assembles a well-chosen miscellany of objects , creating body-like figures that are at once laughable and unsettling.
As for « Duvet and bodystockings », more recent, they attest to the new way that Till Rabus envisages the deconstruction of the real: here he no longer proceeds by addition or collage, but by accumulation of visual signs. These entangled amalgams of silk-gartered legs on hotel bedcloth, under a raw light, play with codes from pornography while always remaining in the realm of suggestion.