Matthias van Arkel

Relations

Stockholm

February 16 – 21, 2018

Matthias van Arkel 

Curtain #2, 2018

Silicone rubber

145h x 162w cm

MVA056

Matthias van Arkel 

Curtain #3, 2018

Silicone rubber

160h x 162w cm

MVA058

Matthias van Arkel 

Solar, 2017

Silicone rubber

270h x 290w cm

MVA054

Matthias van Arkel 

Explosion, 2017

Silicone rubber

285h x 667w cm

MVA055

Matthias van Arkel 

Dark Nature, 2017

Silicone rubber

363h x 846w cm

MVA059

Matthias van Arkel

Center #5, 2017

Silicone rubber

108h x 116w cm

MVA062

Matthias van Arkel 

Center #2, 2017

Silicone rubber

108h x 116w cm

MVA061

Matthias van Arkel 

Baby Center, 2018

Silicone rubber

58h x 54w cm

MVA064

Matthias van Arkel 

Baby Explosion, 2018

Silicone rubber

58h x 54w cm

MVA071

Matthias van Arkel 

Diablo, 2017/2018

Silicone rubber

174h x 162w cm

MVA053

Matthias van Arkel

Curtain #1, 2018

Silicone rubber

116h x 162w cm

MVA057

Matthias van Arkel 

Container #43, 2017

Silicone rubber

25h x 25w x 25d cm

MVA005

Matthias van Arkel 

Container #51, 2017

Silicone rubber

25h x 25w x 25d cm

MVA007

Matthias van Arkel

Container #54, 2017

Silicone rubber

25h x 25w x 25d cm

MVA009

Matthias van Arkel

Container #55, 2017

Silicone rubber

25h x 25w x 25d cm

MVA010

新闻稿

Since the 1990s, with a painting technique that involves experimentation with materials, artist Matthias van Arkel has conducted a dialogue between chance and control. In the exhibition 'Relations', dyed silicone rubber can be read as a surrogate brush stroke that has been liberated from the canvas, inviting a sense of associative play. Via memory and experience, the eye chooses its own path through the picture.

 

A geological sensibility emerges in the movements of the material, where the silicone is transformed into seismic activity that heaves and rolls across the tectonic plates of the painting. Some color fields are reminiscent of jade or jasper. One of van Arkel’s cubes, the first item visitors encounter in the atrium of the exhibition, resembles vanilla ice cream and scallop-hued marble. The moist skinlessness of mollusks is a theme throughout the paintings in the Center series, with silicone tubes pressing against an invisible barrier like tentacles. An erotic charge permeates the undulating shimmer of the material; one painting has a color palette resembling the raw crimson of the inner cheek or a sex organ.

 

In the artwork 'Explosion', the relationship between chance and control is especially palpable: tons of individual strips have been shaped into an exploding roar or a frozen movement, a silent shout. If you follow the volcanic association, the shape of a paused, intense gaze may be reminiscent of finds from Pompeii, with its eternally still day-to-day life. Elements of ordinary life are also hinted at in the title of the exhibition, 'Relations'. Several pieces are based on relationships and encounters between people, and can be considered portraits to some extent.

 

Matthias van Arkel (b. 1967)  works in Stockholm and New York. He studied at the Royal Institute of Art and the University College of Arts, Crafts & Design in Stockholm. He has created several public works and is represented in private collections as well as museums internationally and in Sweden, including Moderna Museet and the Swedish National Public Art Council. 'Relations' is his first exhibition at Galerie Forsblom.