Mat Collishaw (1966 − )
Mat Collishaw was born in 1966 in Nottingham, England and studied at Goldsmiths College in London. He lives and works in London.
Collishaw is most renowned for his photographs and video installations. His work combines the beautiful, seductive and sensual with an undercurrent of unnerving violent, repulsive imagery and psychological drama, examining and distorting our attraction and repulsion to particular images. Often, images are appropriated and digitally altered, the underlying theme being the relationship between representation and reality.
The Infectious Flowers light box series contains photographic images of particularly luscious looking flowers. On first encounter we are struck by their exquisite colours and shapes, formed by nature and enhanced by the technology of the medium. But closer inspection reveals their imperfections. The petals are not perfectly formed - areas are ravaged by, and almost pulsating, with disease. The titles identify not the exact species of flora but the cause of their disfigurement - infection by some nature's cruelest cancers. In this way, the viewer becomes both seduced and horrified. Collishaw was inspired by the story of a 19th century dandy who became so obsessed with flowers that he decided to lock himself away in his mansion that was filled with only his plants. His opulence became so much that the flowers became diseased, becoming a parallel to the sickening of his mind.
Collishaw was one of the artists to exhibit in the infamous Freeze exhibition in 1988 with one of his most well known works, that of an apparent bullet wound in the scalp of a human head blown up to an epic scale and presented over fifteen light boxes. Other early seminal group shows include Sensation at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1997; Brilliant! New Art from London, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1995 and Modern Medicine at Building One, 1990. His most recent solo exhibitions include Retrospectre, BFI, London 2010 and Mat Collishaw, Submission, Haunch of Venison, Germany 2009.
Made in Britain Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection 1980-2010,China Federation of Literary and Art Circles Publishing Corporation 2010. ISBN 978-7-5059-7014-4.
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- Italy, Rome, Gagosian
- Albania, Tirana, National Gallery
- Greece, Athens, Benaki Museum
- China, Suzhou Museum
- China, Hong Kong Heritage Museum
- China, Xian Museum
- China, Sichuan Provincial Museum
- UK, Canterbury, Sidney Cooper Gallery
- UK, London, Whitechapel Art Gallery
- Israel, Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv Museum
- Slovenia, Ljubljana, Moderna Galerija
- Belgium, Brussels, La Botanique Centre Culturel De La Communate Francaise Wallonie-Bruxelles
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- Brazil, Sao Paulo, Tomi Ohtake Foundation
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- Italy, Rome, Galleria Nazionale D'arte Moderna
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- Russia, Moscow, House Of Artists
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- Italy, Bologna, British Council Office - Bologna
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- Ukraine, Kiev, Soros Foundation
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