* Featured Artist: Matthieu Bourel *

When I first got a taste for photography many years ago, Collage was quick to catch my eye. It mirrored the style of work that I was attempting to do at the time (in a very rough and amateur way – I was young), and it opened a new world to me of alternative medias to dabble in.

I love Bouel’s style, when looking for pieces to hang in my home I find Matthieu’s work is a good bridge between my bold younger tastes and my older desire to have something that stands the test of time.

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Working out of his studio in Berlin, the French artist Matthieu Bourel is a self described musician and film maker foremost, picking up collage and painting only later in life.

Artist Statement

Power of images and their combinations. Therefore all kinds of diversions. As well in music, sounds or films. Playing with elements, to make it mine.
In Collage, I like to watch every picture as the point of departure for a story. Various durations, gathered in one. To evoke a fake history or inspire nostalgia for a period in time that never truly existed. Sometimes further to a decision. Mostly random.

the obsession of collecting disparate images from books, old magazines and other found material becomes as much a part of the emerging image as the mark-making. A piece often becomes about the search and desire to combine those emergent narrative symbols that seem charged with a familiar yet distant emotion.

When successful, all the elements fall together with irony and tension while all other realities are obliterated, leaving the viewer as participant inside the picture, with his own codes and connections. The image then carries the weight of a personal reality. Most important, the final image actually gains a significant evocative quality I could not have expressed in any other way.

Matthieu Bourel

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