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b. 1973, Denmark

Matias Faldbakken Biography

Faldbakken’s 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. A consistent characteristic of his work is the poverty of his materials, using framed garbage bags and flattened cardboard boxes as the ground for abstract or minimal gestures. The marks on the surface of these works sometimes appear not within the frame but on the surface of the glass and the edges of the frame itself. Smudged and erased, they propose a mark and its effacement in a single gesture.

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Mass-produced objects designed to contain form the basis of his recent sculptural works. Jerry cans, silencers, bags, lockers, bottles, books, VHS cassettes, cardboard boxes and more are subjected to various manipulations and often rendered useless: stacked, crushed, flattened, painted, cut, everted, spilling their contents, becoming their own content, the objects he adapts often veer between the iconic and the almost painfully generic. 

Faldbakken lives and works in Oslo, Norway.

Matias Faldbakken, THE SHAPE (2020) (detail). © Matias Faldbakken/ADAGP, Paris (2021). Courtesy the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris.

Matias Faldbakken Featured Artworks

Screen Chair (Tenggren Green) by Matias Faldbakken contemporary artwork sculpture
Matias FaldbakkenScreen Chair (Tenggren Green), 2017School chair, synthetic plaster, rebar, zip ties, burlap, newsprint, Lascaucx collage glue, Transparentlack-2 UV
86 x 49 x 60 cm
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PARTS CABINET by Matias Faldbakken contemporary artwork mixed media
Matias FaldbakkenPARTS CABINET, 2013Metal cabinet, screw, spare parts and plastic drawers
200 x 70.5 x 37 cm
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Untitled (Car Trunk #3) by Matias Faldbakken contemporary artwork sculpture, mixed media
Matias FaldbakkenUntitled (Car Trunk #3), 2013Steel and mixed media
81 x 157 x 116 cm
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Matias Faldbakken Current & Recent Exhibitions

Matias Faldbakken Represented By

Galerie Eva Presenhuber contemporary art gallery in Maag Areal, Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland Galerie Eva Presenhuber New York, Zurich
Simon Lee Gallery contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong, London, New York

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