Mathias Kiss

Mathias Kiss

Biography: 

Mathias Kiss closely examines and questions past and future standards of interior design.

Built on a foundation of timeless style references, his work effortlessly combines artisanal craftsmanship together with contemporary experimentation.

In tandem with an architectural interpretation of contemporary art, his interior design philosophy and POV blur the boundaries between traditions. He builds cultural and social bridges between the decorative arts and contemporary art, juxtaposing craft with artistry to produce works that verge on unclassifiable.

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For his contribution to the Faces by the Sartorialist blog, Mathias Kiss designed a “frame”. Opting for an A4 portrait format, he was inspired by ophthalmologists’ “eye charts” and mirrors in general. A medium for self-reflection and perception, the mirror is one of the recurrent themes in the work of this creative talent who began his career in the decorative arts. 
 

Tapping into the superior craftsmanship acquired with the Les Compagnons guild of artisans, Mathias Kiss views gold as another building block in his art. After all, isn’t gold leaf gilding the most sought-after finish on a frame? Nevertheless, this self-taught artist still feels the need to break free from the rules he learned as an apprentice and to express his playful side. He uses light and shadow and trompe-l’oeil techniques to transform simple optical effects into art. 


For Faces by the Sartorialist, he played with reversing the surfaces of the mirror and frame. When we take a look at this reflective object with decorative gold leaf in the centre serving as a mirror, our vision blurs and a number of effects are created: our silhouette becomes a barely distinguishable reflection while our face beams. 
 

Decoration becoming function, function succumbing to decoration, Mathias sends us into a state of sensory confusion. He compares this piece to optical glasses. When embellished with elaborate decorative elements, glasses are accessories that animate our faces and we somehow forget that their original function is vision. 


For his one-man show “Ornementation Brutaliste” at the NextLevel Galerie in Paris from May 30th to July 18th 2015, the same thought process Mathias Kiss used to craft his Faces by the Sartorialist contribution also inspired him to create yet another work of art. This one covers an entire room. Making reference to 24 carats, 24 gold plates are arranged in such a way that every facet of gold shines, each one conveying a different colour shade in the precious metal’s spectrum.

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Per il suo contributo alla piattaforma digitale Faces by the Sartorialist, Mathias Kiss ha immaginato una “Cornice”. Scegliendo il formato verticale A4, l’autore si è ispirato alla “tabella di lettura” dell’oculista, ma anche al concetto dello specchio. Riflesso e al contempo strumento di riflessione e percezione del sé, lo specchio è tra i codici ricorrenti nell’opera di questo talento che ha debuttato nelle arti decorative. 
 

Grazie alle competenze d’eccellenza acquisite presso les Compagnons, Mathias Kiss considera l’oro come un componente chiave del suo universo. Del resto, non a caso la doratura è la tinta d’elezione per le cornici sagomate. Eppure, a partire dalla tradizione che ha avuto modo di assorbire, questo artista autodidatta sente il bisogno di ribaltare le regole, liberando il suo sguardo ludico: giochi d’ombra e di luce e illusioni trascendono il semplice effetto ottico per diventare arte. 
 

Per Faces by the Sartorialist, Mathias Kiss si è divertito a capovolgere il motivo dello specchio e della sua cornice. Di fronte a questo oggetto nel quale l’oro decorativo, in forma di lamina dorata, acquisisce la funzione dello specchio, la vista si confonde in un caleidoscopio di effetti: la silhouette del corpo si riduce a un riflesso appena percettibile, mentre il viso si illumina. 
 

La decorazione diviene funzione, la funzione sparisce per lasciare spazio al solo ornamento, mentre l’artista ci fa strada in un percorso sensoriale personale. Per Mathias Kiss, il confronto con gli occhiali da vista è venuto naturale: quando riccamente decorato, un accessorio di questo tipo anima il viso fino a mettere in secondo piano la sua funzione originale di ausilio per la vista. 
 

Nel contesto di un’esposizione personale intitolata “Ornementation brutaliste”, alla Galerie Next Level di Parigi dal 30 maggio al 18 luglio 2015, la riflessione sul suo contributo a Faces by the Sartorialist ha suscitato in Mathias Kiss il desiderio di creare un’altra opera, che occupa la totalità di una stanza. L’opera prevede l’esposizione di 24 tavole (a richiamare l’attributo “24 carati”), ognuna in una diversa sfumatura d’oro, per esprimere le molteplici declinazioni del metallo più prezioso.

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Pour sa contribution à la plateforme digitale Faces by the Sartorialist, Mathias Kiss a imaginé un “Cadre”. En optant pour le format vertical A4, l’auteur s’est inspiré des “feuilles de lecture” des ophtalmologues, mais aussi du miroir. Support à la fois de réflexion et de perception de soi, le miroir figure parmi les codes récurrents du travail de ce talent issu des arts décoratifs. 
 

Grâce à son savoir-faire d’Excellence acquis chez les Compagnons, Mathias Kiss considère l’or comme une autre composante de son univers. La dorure n’est-elle pas la teinte de prédilection des moulures d’encadrement ? Cependant, de l’apprentissage dont il a hérité, cet artiste autodidacte ressent le besoin d’en bouleverser les règles, d’y exprimer son regard ludique : jeux d’ombre et de lumière, trompe-l’oeil, dépassent le simple effet d’optique pour devenir art. 
 

Pour Faces by the Sartorialist, il s’est amusé à inverser la texture du miroir et celle de son cadre. Face à cet objet réfléchissant au sein duquel l’or d’ornementation, au moyen de la feuille d’or, prend la fonction du miroir, notre vision se brouille et les effets sont multiples : notre silhouette se résume à un reflet à peine perceptible alors que notre visage s’illumine. 
 

L’ornementation qui devient la fonction, la fonction qui disparaît pour ne laisser place qu’à l’ornementation, Mathias nous entraîne dans la confusion de nos perceptions. Il compare son oeuvre aux lunettes optiques. Lorsqu’orné de riches éléments décoratifs, un tel accessoire anime nos visages jusqu’à nous en faire oublier sa fonction d’origine : la vue. 
 

Dans le contexte d’une exposition personnelle intitulée “Ornementation brutaliste”, présentée à la Galerie Next Level à Paris du 30 mai au 18 juillet 2015, la réflexion menée autour de sa réalisation pour Faces by the Sartorialist a suscité chez Mathias Kiss le désir de créer une autre oeuvre. Celle-ci occupe l’intégralité d’une pièce. 24 planches (en écho à l’appellation 24 carats) sont ainsi exposées pour autant de nuances dorées, chacune d’elles exprimant l’une des déclinaisons du métal précieux.

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