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Mat Collishaw - Afterimage

May 7, 2013 by Kay

ARTER, Istanbul


ARTER is hosting Mat Collishaw's first solo exhibition in Istanbul entitled "Afterimage". The exhibition is curated by BaÅŸak DoÄŸa Temür and brings together 18 works dating from the 90s to the present. It also features a new video installation funded by the Vehbi KoÀ§ Foundation, which the artist has produced exclusively for this exhibition and will be premiered at ARTER.

Mat Collishaw has been exploring the darker side of human nature by using the power of images in his artistic production, which spans a period of over 20 years. In his photographs, oil paintings, sculptures and installations he delicately brings together pain and beauty, loss and light, decay and innocence. Inspired by the potential for emotional manipulation inherent in the image, Collishaw's work employs beautiful, inviting and seductive images in order to tackle concepts such as despair, disease and evil.

The exhibition takes its title from a term used to describe a specific optical illusion, whereby an image continues to exist even after the stimulation. In this sense, "Afterimage" could be thought of as a key concept in understanding Collishaw's visual approach and works.

Mat Collishaw, "The Venal Muse, Viridor", (Detail) / 2012 / Resin, enamel paint, wood, glass, steel / 162,56 À— 52 À— 52 cm / Courtesy Blain|Southern

"Afterimage" presents a selection of Collishaw's works that form the myriad intersections of media, material and conceptual themes: his photographs, sculptures and installations that use light, surface and projection in unconventional ways. His work brings together all types of still and moving image production techniques, from old photographic techniques and equipment to LCD screens. Light, in Collishaw's work, is both something that draws focus to itself, and a technical medium used to direct focus upon other things. In addition to light sources such as UV lamps or scanner light, in works like "Garden of Unearthly Delights" and "Deliverance", he also utilises stage tools such as flashers and spotlights.

Read more about the exhibition on the ARTER website.

See Mat Collishaw's work with Other Criteria here.