Michele Mathison

Exhibitions

Biography

Michele Mathison was born in 1977 in Johannesburg, South Africa and currently lives and works between Zimbabwe and South Africa.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art Honors, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2000.

Recent solo shows include State of Emergence, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa (2017), Uproot, Tyburn Gallery, London, UK (2016); Harvest, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), Scheryn Pavilion, Cape Town, South Africa (2015); Manual, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa (2014), and Exit/Exile, Nirox Projects, Johannesburg, South Africa (2011). Mathison has produced commissions for Carvela, Running in Circles (2012) and Slow Lounge, Carto/Graphic 1 (2011).

Group exhibitions include African Voices: Confronting the Frontiers of Reality, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe (2017), A Place in Time 2016, NIROX Foundation in collaboration with Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Nirox Sculpture Park, Johannesburg, South Africa (2016), Broken English, Tyburn Gallery, London, UK (2015), You Love Me, You Love Me Not, Municipal Gallery, Almeida Garrett, Portugal (2015), African Odysseys, The Brass Artscape, Brussels, Belgium (2015), and Nirox Sculpture, Nirox Sculpture Park, Johannesburg, South Africa (2014). The artist also participated in Dudziro, at the Zimbabwean Pavilion for the 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2013).

The artist recently created a large-scale public sculpture for the V&A Waterfront on the occasion of the opening of the Zeitz Musum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) in Cape Town, South Africa. As well as being included in the collection of the Zeitz MOCAA, his works form part of collections such as those of Spier Arts Trust (Cape Town, South Africa), Sindika Dokolo Foundation (Luanda, Angola), ArtColl Trust (Seattle, USA), as well as the Standard Bank Art Collection (Cape Town, South Africa).

Mathison will present a second solo exhibition at Tyburn Gallery in 2018.

 

Education

2000

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art Honors, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018

Solo exhibition, Tyburn Gallery, London, UK. (forthcoming)

2017

State of Emergence, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa.

2016

Uproot, Tyburn Gallery, London, UK.

2015

Harvest, Zeitz MOCAA Scheryn Pavilion, Cape Town, South Africa.

2014

Manual, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa.

2011

Exit/Exile, Nirox Projects, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016

A Place in Time 2016, NIROX Foundation in collaboration with Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Nirox Sculpture Park, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2015

Broken English, Tyburn Gallery, London, UK.

You Love Me, You Love Me Not, Municipal Gallery Almeida Garrett, Portugal.

Nirox Sculpture, Nirox Sculpture Park, Johannesburg, South Africa.

African Odysseys, The Brass Artscape, Brussels, Belgium.

2014

Zoo, Nirox projects, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Nirox Sculpture, Nirox Sculpture Park, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Expressions of Freedom, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Public sculpture, Arts on Main, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2013

Trans-Africa, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Dudziro, Zimbabwe Pavilion, 55th International Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia 2013, Venice, Italy. (C)

2012

Southern Guild, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Outside the lines, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa.

2009

HIFA, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe. Various, Brodie/Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2007

Design Indaba, Cape Town, South Africa.

2005

Visions of Zimbabwe, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester.

Monographs

2015

Michele Mathison, Manual/Harvest/Refuge, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa, 2015.

Publications

2013

Chikukwa, Raphael and Sibanda, Doreen, Dudziro: Interrogating the Visions of Religious Beliefs, Distributed Art Pub Inc. New York, USA, 2013. (C)

2004

Chikukwa, Raphael (coe.), Visions Of Zimbabwe, when words fail, art speaks, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK, 2004.

Biography & Press

2016

Compton, Nick, Michele Mathison uproots South Africa’s historical symbols at Tyburn Gallery, wallpaper.com, 11th February 2016.

Dethal, Lor, Michele Mathison Manipulates Various Materials in Exhibition at Tyburn Gallery, widewalls.ch, February 2016.

Garcia, Covadonga, Michele Mathison, Neo2 Magazine, January/February 2016. Ed. 144, 2016. pp.12-13.

Roberts, Oliver, You Say Bird I Say Colonialism, Sunday Times Magazine, 7th February 2016. pp. 18-19.

----, Michele Mathison: Uproot Tyburn Gallery, London, United Kingdom 05 Feb 2016 - 19 Mar 2016, contemporaryand.com, February 2016.

2015

Cotterell, Gary, Meet the maker: Michele Mathison, 1of1privatecollection.co.za, 02 November 2015.

Russell, Anna, In Europe and America, Migrants Reach the Art World, wsj.com, 30 December 2015.

Bornman, Erika, Take a 3D tour: Michele Mathison Exhibition, visi.co.za, 17 November 2015.

2014

Kinsman, Houghton, Tracing Emerging Artistic Practice in Zimbabwe, anotherafrica.net, 17 October 2014.

McKeown, Sylvia, Labours of Love: Blood, sweat and tears, timeslive.co.za, 07 October 2014.

van Rooyen, Melissa, Michele Mathison: Exploring double meaning through sculpture, 10and5.com, 29 October 2014.

----, National Gallery of Zimbabwe presents: Zimbabwe Pavilion at the 55th International Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia 2013, biennialfoundation.org, 20 August 2014.

2013

Harris, Gareth, Former Puma chairman behind contemporary African art museum in Cape Town, theartnewspaper.com, 20 November 2013.

Toledo, Manuel, Africa triumphs at the Venice Biennale, bbc.co.uk/news, 6 June 2013.

Collections

State of Emergence, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa.

17Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town, South Africa.

The ArtColl Trust, Seattle, USA.

Spier Arts Trust, Cape Town, South Africa.

Standard Bank Art Collection, Cape Town, South Africa.

Sindika Dokolo Foundation, Luanda, Angola.