The work of British visual artist Mat Chivers looks at some of the fundamental phenomena that drive our thoughts and actions.
He explores ideas relating to perception, cognition, evolutionary process, ecology and ethics by bringing traditional analogue approaches to making into counterpoint with state-of-the-art digital technologies. His cross-disciplinary practice in sculpture, installation, drawing, film and performance often involves close collaborations with individuals and institutions in the fields of science, technology and academia. The conceptual layering that typifies Chivers work is based on in-depth research and a response to place, to articulate some of the wider relationships that we all share and on which we all depend.
Chivers has works in private and public collections nationally and internationally including Oxford University Mathematical Institute, UK and the Fondazione Henraux, Italy. Solo exhibitions include: Migrations at Musée d’art de Joliette, Canada; Harmonic Distortion at PM/AM, London; Altered States at Hallmark House, Johannesburg, South Africa; Satyr at VeniceArtFactory, Italy; Between Day and Night and Night and the Day at Kappatos Gallery, Athens; Syzygy at Anima Mundi, St Ives, UK and Fascination at Maddox Arts, London. Group exhibitions include: Daydreaming With Stanley Kubrick at Somerset House, London; A Place In Time at NIROX, Johannesburg, South Africa; Glasstress: White Light/White Heat at Pallazzo Cavalli Franchetti for the 55th Venice Biennale and The Wallace Collection, London; The Knowledge at The Gervasuti Foundation for the 54th Venice Biennale; Material Matters: The Power of the Medium at The Courtauld Institute of Arts, London and Eleventh Plateau at the Athens Biennial and The Historical Archives Museum, Hydra