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Charles Matton recreations – Box a Room

[April 27 – May 25, 2012 ]

On the occasion of the Gallery Weekend in Berlin, the Galerie Michael Haas will open its exhibition with works, or rather boxes, by Charles Matton. The boxes seduce the viewer into an idiosyncratic, imaginary and to some extent very bizarre world

”Born in 1933, the son of a gambling addict who spent his life trying to defeat zero at roulette, his childhood saw a mixture of poverty and luxury, living first in Paris and then Monte Carlo, where his father took over the management of the Hotel Excelsior.

Matton exhibited in his native Paris in the early 60’s before turning to magazine illustration and book publishing. He continued to create art for himself and a small circle of collectors while he worked in New York alongside Jean-Paul Goude to oversee the design of Esquire magazine. He reemerged as an artist in 1983. Although Charles Matton began his career as a painter, he also worked as a draftsman, sculptor, photographer, filmmaker and writer – something that is evident in the way all these creative processes are merged in his later work.”–Anna Bang

Charles Matton — Boite

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ART // Levi van Veluw ● Origin of the Beginning

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Its true we are laying low for the moment so apologies to all FG addicts out there.

http://www.levivanveluw.com 
Press release: Ron Mandos Amsterdam is excited to announce thelatest solo exhibition of Levi van Veluw.We warmly welcome you to joinus at the opening reception of this eagerly anticipated show onSaturday the 21st of May from 5 to 7 pm, at which the artist
will be present.

Levi van Veluw will showcase new work from a series of new installations,photographs and videos in which he draws from his own childhoodmemories to thematically and narratively develop his own brand ofself-portraiture.

The artist has created 3 “rooms” covered withmore than 30.000 wooden blocks, balls and slats respectively.
(without any digital manipulation) Each“room” is executed as a life-size installation (4m x 2.5m x 2.5m) andwill be presented at the gallery together with photographs and videos. Portrayed in one piece is a desk, a table lamp, a bookcase. Theedge of the table is burned by Levi van Veluw as he had an obsessionfor fire. All of these objects including every inch of the floor, wallsand ceiling is covered in the same material: 14.000  16 cm2 dark brownwooden blocks. The blocks are made by the artist and glued on the wallone by one. The works suggest a narrative world behind the abstractportraits.

On the one hand these works present themselves as a continuation of vanVeluw’s formal approach to self-portraiture, with their preoccupationfor materiality, pattern and texture. Yet they are simultaneously verypersonal pieces. The repetitive structures seemingly express a ‘horrorvacui’ and recall van Veluw the youth and his obsessive attempts togain control on his life by gaining control of his surroundings. Dimlylight and dark in colour the overriding tone of these pieces areclaustrophobic and sombre, exuding a sense of loneliness. Themeticulous craftsmanship and high quality material with which everylast knock and cranny is covered, result in a series of works that arealso highly aesthetic.

These installations are inspired bydifferent aspects of van Veluw’s boyhood bedroom, where he spent manysolitary hours between the ages of 8 and 14: the Origin of theBeginning.Prinsengracht 282 // 1016 HJ Amsterdam // +31 20 3207036
www.ronmandos.nl //info@ronmandos.nl // Open: wed – sat, 12.00 – 18.00