Mateusz von Motz

Von Motz: The Crystals of Bling Brutalism

February 18 - February 29, 2020

Reception: Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6-8 PM

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When Thomas Hirschhorn writes that the crystals stand for ‘the universal, the ultimate and the absolute’ he is arguing that the crystals stand for beauty itself. Here, in the work of Mateusz von Motz, we are confronted by an idea of crystals that can best be described as bling brutalism. Lumps of concrete are covered with shiny reflective film. The raw surface of the concrete - that reveals itself on the edges and sides of the stones - is animated by the shiny colored film that clings to the surface. The stones shimmer in response to the passing movement of the audience, they dance to any changes in light and with this dance encourage the objects around them to become animated.

As with much of the work in the show, there is a collapsing of values. Crystal embodies the lure associated with fools gold, we might also associate these glistening reflective stones with the type of souvenirs that adorn the shelves of older relatives, they occupy domestic spaces but lack any function apart from the value associated with the gift. The combination of the concrete and brightly colored reflective film comes into being as an encounter with a singularity of that which is at once precious and valueless. Donald Judd in his essay ‘Specific Objects’ (1964) argues that painting with oils had reached its limit. The colors and forms found in machine-made objects, such as the shiny Harley-Davidson metallic day-glow green or the putrid Perspex oranges that proliferate throughout Judd’s work from the 1960s, offering new possibilities for art. This combination of raw fabricated metals and shiny glimmering surfaces give form to an art that is then carefully situated within architectural space.

In this exhibition, we encounter the collapse of painting and sculpture. The objects and images in the show are a series of radical coexistence, they are called the crystals of bling brutalism.

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Mateusz von Motz

Von Motz: The Crystals of Bling Brutalism

February 18 - February 29, 2020

Reception: Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6-8 PM

Prima Materia Energy Stone, Purple Green
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Purple Green

Mixed media
15" x 3"

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When Thomas Hirschhorn writes that the crystals stand for ‘the universal, the ultimate and the absolute’ he is arguing that the crystals stand for beauty itself. Here, in the work of Mateusz von Motz, we are confronted by an idea of crystals that can best be described as bling brutalism. Lumps of concrete are covered with shiny reflective film. The raw surface of the concrete - that reveals itself on the edges and sides of the stones - is animated by the shiny colored film that clings to the surface. The stones shimmer in response to the passing movement of the audience, they dance to any changes in light and with this dance encourage the objects around them to become animated.

As with much of the work in the show, there is a collapsing of values. Crystal embodies the lure associated with fools gold, we might also associate these glistening reflective stones with the type of souvenirs that adorn the shelves of older relatives, they occupy domestic spaces but lack any function apart from the value associated with the gift. The combination of the concrete and brightly colored reflective film comes into being as an encounter with a singularity of that which is at once precious and valueless. Donald Judd in his essay ‘Specific Objects’ (1964) argues that painting with oils had reached its limit. The colors and forms found in machine-made objects, such as the shiny Harley-Davidson metallic day-glow green or the putrid Perspex oranges that proliferate throughout Judd’s work from the 1960s, offering new possibilities for art. This combination of raw fabricated metals and shiny glimmering surfaces give form to an art that is then carefully situated within architectural space.

In this exhibition, we encounter the collapse of painting and sculpture. The objects and images in the show are a series of radical coexistence, they are called the crystals of bling brutalism.

Prima Materia Energy Stone, Purple Green
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Purple Green
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Green II
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Green II
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Blue
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Blue
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Orange II
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Orange II
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Yellow Green
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Yellow Green
Sushi
Sushi
China Town
China Town
Me, U and Chanel
Me, U and Chanel
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Orange
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Orange
Fatima Ferrari
Fatima Ferrari
Pickle with Ears
Pickle with Ears
Poland Spring
Poland Spring
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Green Yellow
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Green Yellow
Prima Materia Energy Stone, IV
Prima Materia Energy Stone, IV
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Green III
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Green III
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Orange III
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Orange III
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Yellow
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Yellow
Prima Materia Energy Stone, V
Prima Materia Energy Stone, V
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Orange VI
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Orange VI
Bugys Place
Bugys Place
Cactus
Cactus
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Chromatic Green
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Chromatic Green
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Chromatic Purple
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Chromatic Purple
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Purple
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Purple
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Green
Prima Materia Energy Stone, Green
Twister
Twister
Jaguar 30.000
Jaguar 30.000
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Von Motz: The Crystals of Bling Brutalism | February 18 - February 29, 2020

The Infinity of Thoughts
50" x 50" - Acrylic on Canvas