Fabien Castanier Gallery is proud to present the exhibition “Medios Sin Fin,” which features paintings and installations from Charlie Anderson and Camilo Matiz. The show takes a look into how each of these two artists approach concepts of mass culture and media.
Camilo Matiz is a Colombian artist, who has spent his life inbetween the real and the manufactured. His artistic career has ranged from being a film and T.V. director to a fine artist, giving him a special awareness about the roll of the spectator, acknowledging its constant presence. With this idea being the seed from which his pieces emerge, Matiz creates scenarios that awaken an introspective examination upon the viewer. His installations are built upon mirrors and neon lights that spell phrases which comment on media. He plays with trompe-l’oeil strategies; by setting up background curtains that play with space and perception, accomplishing a fabricated reality that allows the spectator to observe, analyze and question themselves. “The mirror is a tool to confront ourselves in a three-dimensional emotional space: that which can be read, that which is reflected, and, most importantly, our image in this context,” explains Camilo Matiz.
Charlie Anderson is a British artist, who lives and works in London. He represents the nature of contemporary culture through painting, creating works that are composed of imagery from magazines, billboards, propaganda and advertisements. By painting image on top of image and fragmenting the discernible text and forms, Anderson draws parallels to the fleeting nature of life. The process of manually reproducing images from mass media echoes the history of painting as a form of documentation, and his use of the female form recalls the tradition of figurative painting in art. His work portrays specific elements of history and society, where he documents urban life, focusing on subtle details that may be overlooked due to the speed in which information is transmitted. His style can be considered as documentary, pop, satirical, postmodern and pictorial. He explores the limits between art and entertainment and the changing roll of art in society.