MATEUSZ VON MOTZ
Mateusz von Motz graduated from Juergen Teller's class for photography in Nuremberg. He then finished his MA in sculpture at the Royal College of Art in London. While in London, he worked as a Studio Assistant at Juergen Teller Studio.
As a young Polish artist, he has already established himself in the art world with a talent for brutal beauty. His practice often explores memories, space, and deconstruction themes and combines architectural and photographic elements. In his present practice, von Motz works across various mediums, including painting, sculpture, digital technology, and installation.
His recent works, combining text and images on mirrors, have already become iconic. This concept refers, among other cultural backgrounds and phenomena, to the digital meme culture, which ties in with the popular genres and visual strategies of gaming, comics, and advertising.
The artist mixes direct address communication strategies with the mirror as a pictorial space, creating a multidimensional experience for the viewer. In this space, reality and virtuality blur together, and the subject is thrown back onto intimate, psychological levels of self-observation. Moments of introspection and transformation are presented in a multidimensional manner. The artist incorporates Freudian (self) questioning and mythological narratives, such as that of Narcissus, to provide an ironic and empathetic commentary on an increasingly narcissistic society. This society is mirrored here in its collective numbing of the representations within social media.