I am very happy to invite you to my very first solo exhibition on Ibiza.
„On G / Non G“ is on view this summer (May – October)
The opening/inauguration will be on Sunday June 17th 2018, 5-10 pm.
The inauguration is part of the official Ibiza Pride celebrations.
I will show new work from 2018 – a selection of photography and GHB paintings.
„On G / Non G“
Cala de Bou 46, Sant Josep de sa Talaia
(Bahía de Sant Antoni de Portmany)
„Mathias Vef is fascinated by body and identity. He is drawn to exceptional bodies that are often an expression of an extraordinary identity. The most exciting to him are people who see their bodies as something which one can mold and create – where the body becomes part of the expressions of someone’s mind. Essentially he is fascinated by people who see themselves and their body as moldable material, like hackers who hack their own body, their own form.
As an artist Vef uses this material which the models provide, and hacks it either through collages or with the chemical GHB. He likes the idea of hacking the mainstream, when borders to Subculture are not clear anymore or it is ambiguous where body images come from.
GHB as a substance fits to that on several levels. As a drug it hacks a personality, dissolves it, in particular inhibitions. Movements change, self-perception becomes fragmentary. Used on prints it functions very similarly. Interesting as well is another, rather morbid parallel – as a drug GHB is very dangerous, an overdose can lead to death very quickly: a bit too much – and it is over. This is the same when used in painting, the pigments get erased, and if too much is used, you cannot conjure them back magically. Its destructive force becomes very apparent.
Mathias Vef lives and works in Berlin after having studied at the Royal College of Art in London.“