KRISTINA MATOUSCH
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STAIN

Spraypaint on aluminum
Galleri Riis, Stockholm, 2016

STAIN is a series of square aluminum sheets. Each is painted with a single colored spray paint applied through the perforated surface of a barrier found on the street in New York: a plastic mesh, a fence, a grate, a fire escape, et cetera. The steel sheet bears the trace of where it has been, and the site where it was made bears the trace of its making.

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Spreading the Seed

Installation
ISCP, The International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York, 2015

A custom-made machine is installed above a ceiling fan. It automatically drops an amount of white beans every sixty seconds, which strike the spinning fan blades. The beans scatter all over the room, dispersed by the fan.

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Leak

Performance
ISSUE Project Room, New York, 2015

A metal track is installed overhead between a platform in the back of the room to the stage in front of the audience. A guy pees into the track. The urine travels the length of the room through the gutter above the audience. It tinkles into a metal bucket on the stage. Contact microphones are attached to the metal bucket. The sound is amplified and projected live to the audience.

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Meat Balls

Performance
ISCP, The International Studio & Curatorial Program. New York, 2014

The viewer encounters two holes in a piece of wood that blocked the door to her studio, and the aroma of fried meat. Through the holes, the viewer can see a pair of meatballs being fried on a small grill. When the meat is ready, the balls are pushed through the holes to the viewer’s hands, or fall to the floor.

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Frame 1-5

Corten steel, 200 x 110 x 0.3 cm
Trondheim kunstmuseum, Norway, 2014

Corten steel is laser-cut in familiar shapes of the leftover material from flat packaging design production. The shapes cut out of the steel create ornamental bars.

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The Source / Periphery

Washing machine, engine, 3,4 x 0,5 x 0,5 m
Print on canvas
Galleri Thomas Wallner, Simris, 2014

A washing machine is suspended from the ceiling. A motor gently swings it back and forth. The machine is on, and its oculus spins rapidly. The pictures are the size of sheets and towels. They are hung like laundry. The system of dots in the pictures is taken directly from the holes in the washing machine tub.

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All around

Installation, performance, holes, food items, 5 x 2.4 x 1 m
Embodied Spaces, Trondheim kunstmuseum, Norway, 2014

A grid of holes is installed in a wall. The wall bear traces of a performance during which Matousch licked all around the holes, painting the edges of each circle with colored foods using her tongue.
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Smooth Cut

Corten steel, 92 x 41 cm / 80 x 76 cm / 74 x 61 cm
Take Form, Galleri Riis, Stockholm, 2014

Corten steel is laser-cut in the shape of the negative space between a woman’s legs. They are exactly life-size, cut at a 1-1 ratio with the body.
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Turning on

Stainless steel, heat, 55 x 55 cm
Shapes in the making, Lunds Konsthall, 2013

In the kitchens of family and friends, sheets of stainless steel are placed on ceramic stove tops and turned on. The heat creates burn marks on the steel.

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Still Life Production

Performance
Galleri Riis, Stockholm, 2013

A custom scaffolding is erected in the gallery. During a performance, Matousch stamps two tonnes of clay through the holes in the platform. The clay drops in chunks to the gallery floor.

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Painting Fucking Guilty Pleasure

Oil on canvas, plywood
Antechamber – Project (Space) for Drawing and Other Research, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2012

Figure paintings in oil are abstracted by a grid of blank canvas.

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The Muse - Naked Guy in Steel Box

Performance
IASPIS, Open Studio, Stockholm, 2011

A naked guy sits inside a steel box perforated with holes and suspended from the gallery ceiling. The artist can hoist him up and down on a pulley.

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Fingers & Flags

Galleri Ping-Pong, Malmö, 2012

Petting, plexiglass, by Kristina Matousch.
Paintings by Kristoffer Nilson.

Abstract finger-like shapes of laser-cut reflective plexiglass are attached to the gallery wall at various heights. They reflect the viewer and the surrounding room. The viewer is welcome to move them on their hinges.

Read review by Thomas Millroth

 

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The Golden Shower II Round Slot Screw

The Golden Shower, Market, Stockholm, 2012
35 cm, mirror, brass

Round Slot Screw, SAK Edition, 2012
18,5 x 14 x 1 cm, brass

Read interview

 

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Reflexions, Body vs Material

Trelleborg Museum, 2011

Photo: Terje Östling

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Erasure

2011. Oil on high gloss steel, 100 x 80 cm.

Roomservice, Gammelgaard Kunst –og Kulturcenter, Herlev, Denmark, 2011. Malmö - So There, Galleri Thomas Wallner, Simris, Sweden, 2011.

 

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In & Out

Door viewers
IASPIS, Stockholm, 2011

Two peepholes are installed in an existing door that peer both in and out of a studio at IASPIS.

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TOOLS

Elastic Gallery, Malmö, 2010

The exhibition entitled Tools consist of works in which material, form and content refer to the body, sex and violence although with a humorous subtext. In the exhibition Matousch explores our collective fantasies and conceptions of the relation between subject and object by way of traditional sculptural materials such as marble and steel. Photo: Terje Östling

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Reversed cavities

Aluminum, plexiglassKalmar konstmuseum, Kalmar Domkyrka, Kompaniet, 2010

A free-standing sculpture is shaped like a confessional, or two identical dressing rooms. The two rooms are connected by a mirror perforated with a grid of holes; the viewer can see his own reflection and the person in the adjacent room simultaneously. The sculpture was shown in a church, an art museum, and a clothing store. The project is supported by Konstnärsnämnden.

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KBT 1 2 3

Oil on canvas, 70 x 60 cm
Norra Skolan, curated by Thomas Wallner, Brantevik, 2010 / ART Copenhagen, Denmark, 2011

 
Paintings in oil on canvas replicate patterns from kitchen towels and six-sided playing dice. In Swedish, KBT is an acronym for cognitive behavioral therapy.
Photo: Terje Östling

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INTO

Galleri Thomas Wallner, Malmö, 2008

Multiple dichotomies are presented as sculptures and paintings: twin paintings of window blinds (open/closed), two rubber door mats (positive/negative), frosted plexiglass facsimiles of apartment building intercom panels (inside/outside), a grid of lines like a football goal net that reflect the viewer in the mirror-surface of high gloss steel (within/without), and a cylindrical sculpture that reverses binary genitalia (vagina as phallus/penis as cavity).
Read text by Lars-Erik Hjertström Lappalainen


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Punched high-gloss stainless steel, oil paint
Art Copenhagen / NADA Art Fair Miami, 2007

A series of diptych steel panels display grid patterns in dots and holes at the exact same size. One consists of blank holes cut out of the steel, the other colored dots in oil paint inspired by cosmetics.

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System 1-15 / Subject inside Object

Steel, enamel / Performance
Galleri Mors Mössa, Gothenburg, 2006

A series of steel sheets display a grid of holes, like commercial peg board. Installed enfilade, each sheet’s holes ascend in size. During a performance, Matousch stood inside a cardboard cylinder with her thumb sticking out of a thumb-sized hole.

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Shop / Waste Product / Shopping basket / Faces

Punched aluminium
Elastic Gallery, Malmö, 2006

Shop is an immersive sculptural installation in aluminum. It creates a three-dimensional volume in the gallery space like a commercial store. One “wall” of the sculptural room consists of an abstract grid pattern in punched aluminum. The result of this process — punching aluminum — are presented on the gallery wall as products. Photo: Catrin Andersson

Read text, Holes and consumption by Lars-Erik Hjertström

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Volume 1-18 / Mass

Oil paint behind plexiglass / Punched steel, enamel
Kabusa Konsthall, Köpingebro, 2006

Familiar flat packaging design from common commercial materials — a camera, beer, nails, band-aids, a gas mask, pastries, etc. — are applied in Volume 1-8 as abstract templates in oil on frosted plexiglass. Photo: Susanna Hesselberg

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Glance 1-5

Oil on aluminium
Kabusa Konsthall, Köpingebro, 2006

Photographic imagery of closed commercial storefronts is painted in oil on aluminum. The images are bisected by a grid of bare aluminum.
Photo: Susanna Hesselberg

Read text by Mats B

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Logistics

Performance
Rooseum, Malmö 2005

Matousch performs in the center of the room wearing a canvas costume; she is connected to the four walls of the gallery by strings. Boxes covered with canvas are “sent” down the strings toward her from all directions. When the boxes arrive, she attaches them to her costume with carabiners.

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Passage

Plexiglass and stainless steel cut by laser, 200 x 110 cm
Loop - raum für aktuelle kunst, Berlin, 2005

Sheets of plexiglass and stainless steel, all the same size, are hung from the gallery ceiling and laser-cut with various patterns. The patterns are the holes in a grocery basket, a drawing template, and an abstraction of the holes in a woman’s body.

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Latticework

Installation, toilet paper rolls
Visby Art Museum, 2004

Rolls of toilet paper are installed in geometric patterns over a series of windows like latticework.

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Interference

Drilled holes
Alma Löv Museum, Östra Ämtervik, 2004

A pre-existing wooden shed and porch are punctured by drill holes.

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action trans action

Installation, MDF, oil paint, plexiglass, lacquer
Natalia Goldin Gallery, Stockholm, 2004

A sculpture of a cash box takes up the whole gallery. The viewer must move in and out of the cash box to traverse the gallery. It is paired with a suite of paintings of simplified logos of major credit cards. Photo: John Håkansson

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Fact

Performance, installation
In co-operation with Camilla Akraka
Galleri Mejan, Stockholm, 2000

A temporary wall is erected within the gallery. A number of performers present one of their body parts through a hole in the wall and rest it on a shelf: hands, breasts, head, feet, cock. The viewer may ring a doorbell beneath a speaker. The performer responds about the body part on display by saying two sentences: one, a scientific fact, the other, a personal statement.

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Take it in your hand

Performance
Stockholm Art Fair, 2000

A food counter is installed in the gallery. All food items — bananas, sausages, etc. — are peeled from their protective packaging and placed directly in the customers’ hands. Matousch performs as shopkeeper.

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Me and yours

Ice Cream, freezer
Wanås Sculpture Park, 1999

Three hundred ice creams were made in an ice cream factory. The ice cream is moulded in the shape of human fecal matter. It is available in two flavors: dark chocolate, and chocolate and honey.

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