Poster Sculpture, 2016
Installation at the historic centre of Jamma’in
Matias Faldbakken's work consists of 3,000 posters bound together with steel bands, a sculptural formation in which the image is obscured. Faldbakken presents a work that denies apprehension and posits the impossibility of a poster’s circulation. Various concerns meet in Faldbakken's work such as the impulse toward vandalism, the rejection of aesthetics as well as the aesthetics of rejection, and the conviction that art should exist as a necessary negative category.
The posters are tilted vertically, but the circulation of the posters is simultaneously hindered and the communicative potential of them is annulled. The imagery is obscured and abstracted through the gesture of tying them together, and the original image for the poster is known only by the artist.
Matias Faldbakken lives and works in Oslo, Norway. Recent solo exhibitions include STANDARD (OSLO) (2012); Office for Contemporary Art, Norway; The Power Station, Dallas; Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York; Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel; and Kunsthalle St. Gallen. Faldbakken's works have also been included in dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, 2012; Remote Control, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 2012; Abstract Possible, Tensta konsthall, Stockholm, 2012; Le Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse, 2012; Art Museum Beijing, China; Palais De Tokyo, Paris; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, 2009; and the 51st Venice Biennial in 2005. His solo exhibition at Galerie Eva Presenhuber opens November 2012. Faldbakken has also published the literary trilogy Scandinavian Misanthropy I-III (2001-2008).