Artist talk:Mathew Weir
19. juni 2017 kl. 10 i Media Auditorium
Mathew Weir’s paintings utilise fragments of pre-existing imagery, drawing on a specific tradition of eighteenth and nineteenth century decorative art; the ceramic figurine, as well as more culturally loaded objects and art historical references. Placed within textured and detailed backdrops or isolated, the object as subject is laboriously rendered in paint to explore its inherent or suggestive content. Concerned with how understanding and meanings shift and/or change through time, the focus of interpretation moves between violence and exploitation, cruelty and tenderness, death and innocence. Painting’s ability to parallel and slow down the thoughts these questions pose, enables contrasting psychological and visual elements to sit side by side.
Weir (b. 1977) graduated from the Royal College of Art, London in 2004. He lives and works in London. His work first came to public attention through the exhibition Breaking God’s Heart (38 Langham Street, 2003), curated by Glenn Brown. Subsequent shows include Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists Reinvigorate the Still Life, The Four Domes Pavilion, Wroclaw (2017) and Konsthallen Bohuslän Museum,Uddevalla (2016), 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Beers Contemporary, London (2015), Somos Libres II. Works from the Mario Testino Collection, Pinacoteca Gianni e Marella, Turin (2014), FLAG’s 5th Anniversary Group Exhibition, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York (2013), Victoriana: The Art of Revival, Guildhall Art Gallery, London (2013), Beyond Reality: British Painting Today, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague (2012), Alles Kannibalen? All Cannibals?, me Collectors Room, Berlin (2011), Lebenslust und Totentanz, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems (2010).