Matthias Geisler

Biography

2015
Theoretical Thesis
Der Digitale Sisyphos
Supervision Prof. Dr. Dieter Daniels

2015-2010  
Hochschule für Graphik und Buchkunst, Leipzig Diploma Graphic Design, Prof.Thomas Müller

2010-2009  
Illustration, Camberwell College of Arts, London 

2009-2007  
Illustration & Graphic Design, Hochschule für Graphik und Buchkunst, Leipzig

PROJECTS

07/2016 – 11/2013 
“Kerrankin“ Experimentelles Improvisations Kollektiv
Audio Projekt – Konzerte & Performances

05/2014 – 10/2013
„Imaginäres Museum“ Ägyptisches Museum Leipzig
Mitarbeit Vorlesung und Organisation Ausstellung

10/2014 – 07/2012
„Schnösel Mösel“ Visual Magazin
Projekt Gründung und Publikationen

10/2011
„Komposition & Partituren“ Workshop
Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst

EXHIBITIONS / AWARDS
2023
Unwucht, Galerie Filser & Gräf, München

2022
“Drawing Wow 3” minusoneoffspace (Wien)
Gruppenausstellung

2019
„Grateful Park“ Pilotenküche
Gruppenausstellung
„Hungry Dungeon Friends“ KKW Leipzig
Gruppenausstellung
„DRAWINGS OF TODAY“ Gallery At The Window (Paris)
Gruppenausstellung

2017
„Grund“ KTR Gallery Leipzig 
Gruppenausstellung
„Pause“ Vary Leipzig
Ausstellung
„A Space Odyssey: 5 Jahre Raum.Weisz“ Raum Weisz Leipzig
Gruppenausstellung

2014
„Imaginäres Museum“ Ägyptisches Museum Leipzig
Gruppenausstellung

2013
„Prints / made in Leipzig“ University of Fine Arts Budapest
Gruppenausstellung
„Freudenhaus 24h“ PopUniversell e.V. Leipzig
Performance
„I want to believe“ Delikatessenhaus Leipzig
Gruppenausstellung

2012
„Mat(t)hias“ Raum Weisz Leipzig
Ausstellung + Performance
Studienpreis Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig

Description

My father, a pastor, took me to the movies when I was 12 years old. Seeing the opening scene of Luc Besson’s movie The Fifth Element (1997) had a profound effect on me. Two archaeologists stumble upon a world-changing find in a desert and are surprised by aliens who promise to return in 300 years. The fantastical conception of this film has influenced my work in many ways and ignited in me a desire for all things visionary.

Through drawing, I study life around, behind and within me. Sketchbooks form a constant archive of impressions for me, ranging from the poetic to the humorous to the whimsical. Nowadays, almost all experiences are influenced by the internet and the resulting digital space, which increasingly define and manipulate our reality. This space and my everyday observations form a connection. In my artistic work, I try to work out narrative potentials as patterns using a subjective visual language. I visualize these as quasi-poetic image quanta.

Beginning as quick drawings, they are transformed into independent works using analog & digitally informed processes. I draw, print, scan, edit and mix analog substances (mainly sketches, but also photos, text fragments, quotes) with artificially generated images (computerized templates, digital edits, renderings). With these creations I want to incubate the auratic qualities of a digitally influenced reality.

For me, the finished works are time capsules. As artifacts of the present, they draw on the wealth of my experiences and observations: From media consumption, conversations, diary entries to literary fragments & dreams, they condense into a stream of inner and outer perceptions about life in the 21st century.

<Mathias Geisler>

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