Mathias Poledna

Mathias Poledna, Imitation of Life (film still), 2013. Image courtesy the artist, Gallerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne and Berlin, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna, and Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles

Mathias Poledna, Imitation of Life (film still), 2013. Image courtesy the artist, Gallerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne and Berlin, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna, and Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles

Mathias Poledna (b. 1965, Vienna, Austria) lives and works in Los Angeles, USA. Working primarily in film, Poledna creates highly concentrated pieces that incite a tension between their visuals and their critical and cultural implications. While his minimal and evocative films focus on very different subjects – a post-punk band, a set of crystal glasses from the 1920s, a cartoon from the Golden Era of animation – they share a rigorous interest in the language of film and, more broadly, of images in our collective imagination, present and past.

Mathias Poledna’s commission for Liverpool Biennial 2018 is a new single channel film installation that further advances his exploration of modernity's visual imaginary. The work is set against the larger backdrop of early 20th-century European history, a period of traumatic modernisation and conflict. Forgoing expansive narratives, Poledna’s project instead focuses on the transient and the disjointed. The work draws from contiguous art practices – literature, painting – as well as from popular culture, in particular explorations of history in genre and auteur film.

Recent exhibitions include Galerie Buchholz, New York, USA (2017); Galerie Buchholz, Cologne, Germany (2015); The Renaissance Society, Chicago, USA (2014); 55th Venice Biennale, Italy (2013); Secession Wien, Vienna, Austria (2013); Busan Biennial, Busan, South Korea (2012); Raven Row, London, UK (2011) and Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany (2010).

Address

The Oratory
Liverpool Cathedral
St James Mount
Liverpool
L1 7AZ