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Mathis Altmann

Art Basel Statements 2018

Jun 14, 2018

Jun 17, 2018

Designer goods and secondhand objects laced with his signature dark humor, the work of Mathis Altmann embodies the consumer-driven social dramas of our hyper-networked urban milieu. Eschewing the fetish of a fine finish, Altmann’s raw vocabulary plays with our hardwired obsession with updates and the resultant hunger for a refined nostalgia.
In Non-Toxic Revolution, Altmann transforms an art-fair booth into an architect’s office presenting a proposal for the revitalization of an un- named urban area. His sculptures coalesce as portraits of the creative design processes that develop and execute the ubiquitous upcycled patina found in start-up offices, artisanal food shops, and ‘curated’ luxury boutiques that dominate the consumer aesthetics of metropolitan epicenters. In Altmann’s work, the rustic paneling of a coffee shop is re-designed into a choppy plinth. The pervasive taste for bespoke vintage crossed with sportswear is lampooned by the pairing of fast fashion and dated tchotchkes.

Loaded with billboards, lights, and reflective surfaces, Altmann’s open plan urban facades invite the viewer to ‚ window shop‘ his inversions, and to consider the knotty ties between the branding of social values and our individual roles as cultural producers and consumers.

Mathis Altmann
Startup Garage, 2018
Wood, metal, plastic, mirror, fabric, paint, glitter, airbrush, bricks, CCFL light, LEDs, miniatures, mealworms, resin
153h x 98w x 77d cm
60.24h x 38.58w x 30.31d in
Mathis Altmann
Teutonic Disaster, 2018
Wood, Foam, paint, airbrush, metal, glass, plastic LEDs, lasercut acrylic, miniatures
175h x 130w x 115d cm
68.90h x 51.18w x 45.28d in
Mathis Altmann
Retail, Restaurant, Gallery, Living, 2018
Wood, lasercut acrylic, decal, paint, airbrush, paper, LEDs, styrofoam, miniatures
150h x 100w x 70d cm
59.06h x 39.37w x 27.56d in
Mathis Altmann
Collabcore, 2018
Aluminium, Stainless steal, chains, mirror, rotary display, LED
177h x 125w x 90d cm
69.69h x 49.21w x 35.43d in
Mathis Altmann
The Bleeding Edge, 2018
Wood, metal, plastic, flock, airbrush, paper, glitter, laser, lLEDs, mirror, miniatures
156h x 96w x 78d cm
61.42h x 37.80w x 30.71d in