Matias Faldbakken

Norwegian, b. 1973


In his film, sculpture, installation, photography, and wall paintings, Mattias Faldbakken uses traditional acts of vandalism and its materials—such as paint, markers, tape, and fire extinguisher foam—to generate aesthetic forms. In his well-known tape works, black tape is applied on canvas or directly onto walls, referencing both postmodern abstraction and graffiti culture, with letter-like shapes that recall tags. In his garbage bag series, he scrawls incoherent acronyms and drawings in black marker on dark plastic trash bags. Carefully framed and arranged on gallery walls, the bags suggest both Minimalist seriality and chaos.

Career Highlights
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Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Group show at a major institution
Palais de Tokyo, and 3 more
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 3 more
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 6 more
Shows Featuring Matias Faldbakken