Matias Faldbakken

° 1973, Hobro (DK) – lives and works in Oslo (NO)

Norwegian artist and writer Matias Faldbakken’s practise centres around the collision, following a precise conceptual procedure with trivial gestures of vandalism, appropriation and poetry. Inspired by minimal and conceptual art of the 1960s and ’70s, with its deconstructive focus on the object and the gallery space, Faldbakken criticizes the ideology of the white cube space.

Faldbakken has an ongoing interest in transforming an existing language of forms related to a particular period in modernism and is renowned for his radical, provocative attacks on society and the art world. In thousands of ways, his work pronounces a resounding ‘no’: he destroys and provokes, but at the same time he recognises that he irrevocably belongs to the society to which he is saying ‘no’.

His practice holds in perpetual tension the forces of proposition and cancellation, vandalism and erasure, aesthetic generosity and conceptual restraint, the possibility of language and its abstraction into illegibility. In recent works, mass-produced containers are subjected to various manipulations and often rendered useless. The objects he adapts often veer between the iconic and the almost painfully generic.

 

Matias Faldbakken
Matias Faldbakken (Photo by Sebastian Dahl)

Matias Faldbakken’s recent solo exhibitions include The Power Station, Dallas; Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel; Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen; Kunsthalle St. Gallen; Wiels, Brussels; Le Consortium, Dijon; and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam.

He participated in the biennales of Sydney, Venice, Yinchuan, and Gwangju, and in Documenta 13, Kassel. Other group shows include venues such as MOCA, Miami; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; CAC, Vilnius; PS1 MoMA, New York; SERRALVES, Porto; and Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

Matias Faldbakken is represented by the following galleries;
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Eva Presenhuber, Zurich

Standard, Oslo

Simon Lee Gallery, London / New York / Hong Kong

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

works by Matias Faldbakken

Matias Faldbakken - Box 1 - 2014

Matias Faldbakken

Box 1

3630,00
Matias Faldbakken - Hilux Variations 1 - 2014

Matias Faldbakken

Hilux Variations 1

6050,00
Matias Faldbakken - Hilux Variations 11 - 2014

Matias Faldbakken

Hilux Variations 11

8470,00
Matias Faldbakken - Box 2 - 2014

Matias Faldbakken

Box 2

3630,00
Matias Faldbakken - Hilux Variations 7 - 2014

Matias Faldbakken

Hilux Variations 7

8470,00
Matias Faldbakken - Hilux Variations 3 - 2014

Matias Faldbakken

Hilux Variations 3

6050,00
Matias Faldbakken - Box 3 - 2014

Matias Faldbakken

Box 3

3630,00

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