Mathis Gasser (b. 1984 in Zurich, Switzerland) lives and works in London, UK.
Mathis Gasser’s work often revolves around long term projects such as Heroes and Ghosts (2007-), a painting series with fictional characters or In the Museum (2010-2017), where a doll of actor Christopher Walken descends explores a museum’s unconscious.
Other ongoing projects including performances are Regulators (2015-) and World Guards (2017-). Regulation is seen here as a force that helps structure proper market functioning or providing general safety. As a necessary, underlying force, Regulation stabilises development. It has transnational significance as borders are foreign to international markets or climate change. In his paintings and works on paper, Gasser employs images of past advertisment or poster campains, of science fiction concept art and images of institutions such as museum or the headquarter of the United Nations in New York to engage in an open conversation about the future of institutions and the way mankind continues to develop institutional structures while slowly venturing into space. A sculpture series with ‘dreamers’ looks at how forms and ideas emerge in dreams, coming from a strange place.
A common trait of Gasser’s work is an interest in an unconscious realm that links humans. The resulting bodies of work can be seen as a gateway to broadly reflect on human culture and imagination, in order to think about humanity’s future as a shared, cultural endeavour.
Solo shows include: ‘Cell Project Space’ with Angharad Williams, London (2018); Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (2017), Cordova, Barcelona (2017), Chewday’s, London (2017), Kunsthaus Glarus (2017), Piper Keys, London (2016)
Group exhibitions include: Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade (2017), Youth Club, London (2017), Mamco, Geneva (2017), Weiss Falk, Basel (2017), 3236rls, London (2016)
Simon Buckley and Othmar Farré Present FOUNDATION PAINTING SHOW
Jedrzej Cichosz, Olga Cerkasova, Adrian Falkner, Michael Fullerton, Paula Henrike Herrmann, Jan Kiefer, Andrew Kerr, Mathis Gasser, Raphael Linsi, Sophie Mackfall, France-Lise McGurn, Victoria Morton, Alys Owen, Max Ruf, Justin Stephens, Mandy Ure, Anna Diehl
Instead of being hung on a gallery wall, the paintings in this accessible and playful exhibition are placed on sofas in the window of the British Heart Foundation shop on Stockwell Street. Each day, Simon Buckley and Othmar Farré will arrange a new configuration of three or four pieces by a host of international artists.
Placed on the sofas, the paintings project a hard-won casualness, a contorted scene set and there they sit, hiding in plain sight, quietly championing the relevance of a little bit of irreverence.
Supported by Glasgow International. With thanks to The British Heart Foundation.
Thu 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm