Galerie Eva Presenhuber presents “Thingumbob Screens Overlaps“, an exhibition featuring new works by Matias Faldbakken. Following the show „Shall I Write It“ (2012), this is the second solo exhibition at the gallery dedicated to the Oslo based artist.
In his works Matias Faldbakken often uses industrial material or heavy duty objects, which he partly smashes, smudges or simply paints, while others are fixed with ratchet straps onto walls or stairs in the exhibition space. Thus, he deforms and partly crushes the objects. Faldbakken uses lockers, dumpsters and jerrycans or tiles whole rooms to emulate the rough atmosphere of metro-stations. In doing so, he is interested in the potential tipping-over moment in which the raw industrial materials are recognized as art. Faldbakken’s often half-heartedly made installations partly consist of things lying around. This negates their state of being art and the objects become selfcontradicting: Despite the built-in negation his works are presented in art contexts and therefore recognized as art.
As a writer, Faldbakken published the “Scandinavian Misathropy” trilogy, which is preoccupied with similar strategies in a narrative form.