Hilux Variations 1
49 × 64 cm
Unique monotype, signed by the artist
about this work
Matias Faldbakken’s Hilux Variations are a series of monotypes made by violently manipulating the inked surface that is used to print; smudges of solvents or lines made by scraping the ink away punctuate the rectangular fields of color. The unique prints that are made through this process reference both postmodern color field painting as abstract expressionism.
about Matias Faldbakken
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.