Michele Mathison

1977 · South Africa

Artist biography

Michele Mathison is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who originates from South Africa, like other artists such as Zander Blom, Lady Skollie (Laura Windvogel), Sanell Aggenbach, Barend de Wet, and Emilia Olsen. Michele Mathison was born in 1977.

About Michele Mathison's works

Michele Mathison is known for working in the fields of Conceptual and Design work. Emerging as an art movement in the 1960s, Conceptualism has sparked a significant amount of controversy and debate, often provoking strong reactions in its audience. Conceptual art by essence implies that the idea behind the actual artwork is more valuable than the finished product itself. The research and strategies conducted by the artist represent the most important part of the work, conceptual art thus strives to be an art of the mind, instead of appealing to the senses. Although it refers to art from the mid 1960s to the mid 1970s, the origins of Conceptualism can be traced back to 1917, with Marcel Duchamp and his controversial artwork Fontaine, which tried to obliterate the boundaries between art and reality. Conceptual art is not as straightforward as other movements, as it uses an interdisciplinary approach, and the artworks can take the form of anything - from everyday objects to performances requiring audience participation.

Often used in the context of the decorative arts in the early 20th century, the term “design” would usually refer allusion to unique, aesthetically pleasing objects. With the rise of consumerism and mass production in modern society, the core essence of design encountered an alteration in its identity, with a significant increase in demand. The main categories of design involve areas such as industrial design, graphic design or fashion design.

Michele Mathison's exhibition

Michele Mathison most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galleria Anna Marra in Rome with the exhibition Inner Landscapes. The exhibition was open from 12 November 2019 until 31 January 2020.

Michele Mathison currently has one work for sale on Artland.

Further Biographical Context for Michele Mathison

Michele Mathison was born in 1977 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1990s. In the United Kingdom, a group of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, united generally by their age and nationality. Many of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most well-known member of YBAs is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs garnered a divisive reputation image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and entrepreneurial. The group was predominant in the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the decade, the controversial, hyper-realistic sculptures of Maurizio Cattelan and the sensitive, conceptual work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres characterised the cultural tone of the era.

Michele Mathison

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