Paula Cooper Gallery
534 West 21st Street, New York, NY 10011
February 28 – April 5, 2014
Currently on view at Paula Cooper Gallery, New York is a solo exhibition by Matias Faldbakken. Matias Faldbakken’s work, a combination of iconophilia and iconophobia, is primarily concerned with the various tensions between proposition and cancellation, aggression and retreat, and language and its abstraction into illegibility or absurdity. A frequent characteristic of his work is the use of materials derived from the shipping or construction industries, essential supports of trade and commerce, which he powerfully reintroduces into aesthetic discourse. “Untitled (Ladder Pull)” consists entirely of freight, construction, and mechanical elements that have been jammed, bent, or pulled with applied force. The work expands on a visual language drawn from ideas of transport and exchange, weight and balance, interstitial spaces, and anti-monuments.