Galeria Graça Brandão, Portugal
Gallaria Cularta Laax, Switzerland
november 2020 - february 2021
Gallery Ibirapi Contemporanea
november - december 2018, Lisbon, Portugal
curated by Alexander Gerner
February 2018, Lisbon, Portugal
EDGE ARTS | Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon
Curator Mara Silvério
The photographic work of Samuel Matzig evokes the idea of transformation, either by the natural action of the artist who interprets reality, either from elements and objects taken from a perspective of singularity and isolation. His work communicates the shape’s significance, as an intervention method in which he finds himself. A unique perspective of plans that capture the contrast between movement and stillness, between change and stagnation, between the past that closes in the ancestral and the present that holds the eye of the artist.
In the series Tobel, which names this exhibition, the artist presents 16 artworks, the result of long walks he did during a period of 3 years in a deep ravine, that extends to the surroundings of the city of Mels, in Switzerland. A place absent of human presence, to which Matzig accessed regularly, in a way to connect himself with nature and to apprehend its strong character, imposing and primitive, appearing as a power entity, greater than man himself.
The metamorphosic essence that the artist can remove from this place’s atmosphere is a metaphor to the very human evolution, in a parallelism that combines formations, textures and organic compositions, that were photographed in a space that is inhabited by time and a particular awareness of rhythm and growth.
A representation about the natural environment, and any being who dwells in it, as something constant and externally solid, however alive and in permanent consumption and fluctuation.
Tobel represents a refuge from the World, a meeting with a mysterious and calm environment. Here, the artist reflects and discovers a way to communicate the existence; what is embryonic, fundamental and incipient. The way to bring to the eyes those who observe his work the certainty that the origin comes from us, but it always ends in others and in what surrounds us.
Mara Silvério, 2017
pigment inkjet-print of fine art paper
Edition of 5, 100 x 100cm, Private Collection.
© Atelier Samuel Matzig