Islands and Chains
03 February - 25 April 2015
Matthias Bitzer’s (b. in 1975 in Stuttgart, Germany, lives and works in Berlin) works with multiple media to create abstract sculptures, drawings, and paintings. Interested in personal identity, Bitzer plays with the visual language of modernism, combining figurative portraits with abstract, geometric designs. Taking a new perspective on classical modernism, the artist combines portraits and geometric constructions and often takes recourse to the formal language, stories, and intellectual historical contexts of the nineteenth and early twentieth century’s. A profound interest in questions of authenticity, the construction of reality and hypnagogia (transition from wakefulness to sleep), as well as a preoccupation with structures of manifold personality development and clandestine identity networks are characteristic for the Berlin-based artist.
Protagonists from 19th century literature, film, music and dance, such as Austrian author and dramatist, Arthur Schnitzler, American poet, Emily Dickins, Portugese poet, Fernando Pessoa, Argentine story writer and poet, Jorge Luis Borges and Anita Berber, German dancer, actress, and writer who was the subject of an Otto Dix painting, these serve as starting points and inspiration for Bitzer’s artistic research.