Matias Faldbakken (b. 1973, Denmark) lives and works in Oslo. He studied at the Academy of Fine Art, Bergen, Norway and at the Academy of Fine Art, Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. 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. 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. Residencies include: IASPIS, Stockholm, Sweden (2004), Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (2002-03), and NIFCA Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art,Helsinki, Finland (2001). Select solo exhibitions include: Matias Faldbakken, Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2013); Intervention #21: Matias Faldbakken, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2012); Portrait Portrait of of a a Generation Generation, OCA, Oslo, Norway & Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium (2012); Matias Faldbakken, The Power Station, Dallas, TX (2011); That Death of Which One Does Not Die, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany (2010); and Shocked into Abstraction, IKON Gallery, Birmingham, UK & National Museum of Oslo, Norway (2009). Selected group exhibitions include: El Rey de Icod, Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Spain (2014); Chat Jet (Part 2) Sculpture in Reflection, Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz, Austria (2014); Take Liberty!, The National Museum of Art, Design & Architecture, Oslo, Norway (2014); The Crime Was Almost Perfect, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2014); and Marking Language, Drawing Room, London (2013). Faldbakken has work in many public collections, including: FRAC, Nord Pas de Calais, Dunkerque; DekaBank, Frankfurt am Main; The Dmitris Daskalopoulos Collection, Athens; Jumex Collection, Mexico City; The National Museum of Art, Design and Architecture, Oslo; The Speyer Family Collection, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and The Rubell Family Collection, Miami. He is represented by Simon Lee Gallery, London / Hong Kong; Standard (OSLO), Oslo, Norway; Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, CH; and Paula Cooper, New York, NY.
Last updated: 24.09.2014