Galleria 1/9 Unosunove arte contemporanea is delighted to announce the first solo exhibition in Rome of British artist Mat Collishaw (1966, Nottingham, UK), highly regarded and acclaimed as one of the key figures in the generation of the Young British Artists. Mat Collishaw, who participated in internationally-renowned exhibitions such as Freeze (1988) and Sensation (1997) and whose work is part of important public collections including the Tate in London and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, has always been fascinated by the way imagery subliminally strikes the viewer and how a personal vision disproves the presumed objectivity of the image.
Inspired by the possible different meanings of the term ‘nebulaphobia’, from its literal significance of ‘fear of the fog’ to the metaphysical concept of fear of void and nothingness, the exhibition explores the relationship between man and the immaterial nature of the sacred image and its representation through photographs, lightboxes and sculptural installations which play with our visual perception.
Using transparent materials such as glass and smoke, Mat Collishaw allows mythological and sacred images to show and manifest themselves on surfaces alluding to their evanescent nature. Subjects are represented in an ethereal and almost unreal dimension; it is the direct contact with the observer that triggers the vision, allowing the sacred images and the still lifes to animate through interaction with the public.
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