Matias Faldbakken. Shocked into Abstraction
Contributors: Jennifer Allen, Andrea Kroksnes, Peter Osborne and Øystein Ustvedt
Editors: Øystein Ustvedt and Helen Legg
160 pages. Norwegian and English text
ISBN 978-82-8154-040-8 (Norwegian), ISBN 978-1-904864-53-0 (English)
Price: NOK 150
The first major museum presentation of Matias Faldbakken’s artwork offers insight into the activities of one of the younger generation’s most prominent artists in Norway. Faldbakken, educated at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design and the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, has gained renown in the contemporary art world due to his frequently highly reductionist, contra-aesthetic works. He works across media and genres and is referred to as a “post-medium artist”. Both in Norway and internationally he has been described as part of the neo-conceptualist movement in contemporary art. The exhibition and the catalogue have been produced in collaboration with the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, England.