Frames are objects of utility, there to fulfill practical functions rather than serve any more noble purpose, such as inspiring one to reflect on a given subject, as art is designed to do. But that’s not the case for designer Mathias Kiss. For him, a frame, presented in a certain way, can be more than a material used to define the realm of an artwork; it can also be a thing of artistic value in itself in that he can use it to provoke thought. For the French artist, frames — as well mirrors, which are equally mundane in their existence as implements — can be artworks, ones that can decidedly go against classicism, as one might expect.
“My inspiration comes from a reaction to my historical past, which I confront with fashion, music and with contemporary culture,” he told The Globe and Mail.
Kiss, born in Hungary, uses his training in painting and classicism as a counterpoint for what he intends to achieve with his art.
“It’s the materials and codes of French classicism that I use to express my reflections, sensations, and to create a new way of seeing things.”
Kiss’s works will be showcased in Gallery Elle in Zurich and the Mudac in Lausanne starting in March.
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Author: Juan Cornejo