Mat Collishaw


English photographer, sculptor and filmmaker. Mat Collishaw studied at Trent Polytechnic (1985–6), and then at Goldsmiths College, London (1986–9). For his first solo exhibition he created One Photo, Four Broads and a Stretcher, comprising a colour photographic reproduction of Watteau's L'Enseigne de Gersaint (1721; Berlin, Schloss Charlottenburg), greatly enlarged and cursorily attached to a wooden frame. By displaying a reproduction in this way, Collishaw highlights issues of representation, raised in the original painting through the juxtaposition of the false idyll of the fête galante, and the actualities of the art market. Much of Collishaw's subsequent work makes historical and art-historical references that hinge around the broad theme of the interaction between nature and culture. The ambiguous relationship between representation and reality is an underlying theme also of works involving the projection of videos into ‘real' environments. The technological prestidigitation behind these works is always slightly transparent, making viewers aware of their own complicity in being deceived. Some of his latest solo shows: The End of Innocence, Dilston Grove, CGP London Galleryin London, UK and Vitacide, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York in 2012; Afterimage, Arter: space for art in Istanbul and This is not an Exit, Blain|Southern Gallery, London in 2013; The Yielding Glass, An Gallearai, in Gweedore, Ireland and Patricia Low Gallery in Gstaad Switzerland, and Black Mirror at Galleria Borghese in Rome in 2014






 

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