HEAD INSIDE OUT
Soyang, South Korea, 10/09/2019 — Newly opened Sansok Lighthouse museum is proud to present a solo exhibition by the Italian London based artist, Riccardo Matlakas. The exhibition opened on August 18th, 2019 and will be open every day from 9 am to 8 pm.
The exhibition, curated by Mi Nam Choi, hosts a retrospective of the artist’s work, it offers an important group of paintings and mosaic works from the artist and hundreds of photographs and video documentation of his performance work. Matlakas will be present throughout the exhibition, creating new paintings and sculptures, and interacting with visitors.
This exhibition testifies the continuous and fruitful dialogue the artist has between pictorial art and performance art. His paintings represent a rich and personal vision of the urban world and contemporary society. His performances revive primordial values. While enriching the present international performance art panorama.
The incessant progression of his research has led him to the pinnacle of his creativity so far, bringing him closer to artists such as Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Roy Liechtenstein, but also artists such as Joseph Beuys for his anthropological research connected to art and society. Matlakas’s work is assiduously committed to the development of society and humanity. He declares that art is a spiritual issue, important in every society in every country, especially in our current times.
Each work originates from a subconscious urgency, emerging from within the transmutations of the material being acted upon and the bodies of the artist and audience. There are no design obsessions, only the spontaneous ability to draw strength from the precarious signs of life so that art can be – as always happens with Matlakas – a provisional exercise in poetic knowledge destined to endure.
Riccardo Matlakas attended the University of fine arts in Naples, in the sculpture department of Ciriaco Campus and studied at the Oxford Brookes University with Shelley Sacks former collaborator of Joseph Beuys. In 2010, Matlakas participated in the Moscow Biennial for young artists and then at the Gwangju Biennial in South Korea were on several occasions the artist was also invited to create performances on the border with North Korea, during the PyeonChang Olympic Games in 2018.
Riccardo Matlakas’s solo show is an event not to be missed! It represents a pivotal milestone in the development of this international virtuoso artist.
Writer: John Chalk
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