Matthias De Vogel - Faultlines
- We know that you come from a fashion background, could you tell us a little more about it?
I have been studying fashion design at the Art school till 1997 in the Netherlands and moved after my graduation to Paris to study Marketing of Fashion at the IFM (Institut Francais de la Mode). Working for some young designers and well-established brands allowed me learn to trust myself and become more confident as a designer.
It also gave me the opportunity to meet the finest artisans, during my inspirational travels.
I soon came to realize that of all the different aspects of creating a collection, I enjoyed the process of creation the most. Which became one of the most important design principles for Fault lines.
- How did you start doing this particular pieces of art?
I always start the design process with the selection of the textiles. Since I graduated, I loved going to the factories and go through their archives, or go vintage hunting and find the most beautiful fabrics. I believed that some of these materials belonged more in a frame and hung on a wall to be admired as Art.
When I decided to quit my career as Fashion designer, I had to refocus myself and give a new direction to my professional life.
I just started to make a list of things that were important to me as an artist and things I enjoyed most doing. I soon found myself weaving away on a table loom I once bought in India. This is now 7 years ago and the rest is history.
- Could you tell us a little bit about your creative process, inspiration and how you get to these compositions and geometric patterns?
I would say that my creative process is an organic one. Inspiration is not something that just comes like that, it’s just there constantly. From the moment I started to weave my art pieces, there has never been a day I wasn’t inspired.
I guess my career in fashion gave me a maturity that today helps me in knowing which direction to take during the creative process.
Weaving allows me to become a sort of an inventor. Once I find the technique it’s a matter of exploring all the possibilities and just create.
I’m fascinated by urban landscapes. Mostly for it’s compositions of lines and textures, and how light and shadow plays an important role in this.
- What kind of music do you listen to when you are creating?
I like silence during the beginning of the process, or more like a white noise.
Like Children playing outside, rain, wind, traffic, …
Once I’m in the flow of weaving it can be anything that fits my mood of the day.
Darker mood- the Cure, Siouxsie and the banshees, Joy Division, Echo & the bunnyman,…
Energy- Kim Ann Foxman, Zombie zombie, 90’s techno,….
Dance- Roisin Murphy, Hercules & the love affair, The knife,….
- Have you ever been part of a collective exhibition or project?
Before the global Lock-down when we still had the luxury to participate to exhibitions and other projects,
-I showed my “LINESCAPES’ at the Dutch Design Week in 2019, which is a great platform that yearly showcases a diverse selection of Art, design and technology in Eindhoven.
-Galerie Biesenbach in Cologne Germany, collective show in 2020,
-some presentations in Amsterdam at the X-bank and The modern.
- And now super happy and proud to be presented at Culto Barcelona.
- What is your favorite art gallery or museum?
As traveling has been a complicated thing over the last 2 years, I can mainly think of local places. In Amsterdam I really enjoy the Stedelijk museum, since we moved to Amsterdam 7 years ago it became like a second home to me. My son was just 2 years old then and we did spend a lot of time there, specially on rainy days. Now he’s 9 and knows the place like the back of his hand.
If traveling I will always try to pass by the main modern art museums that each city has:
-Tate modern in London,
-Centre Pompidou and Palais de Tokyo in Paris,
-LACMA in LA, ….
What I enjoy most is strolling through and explore fewer known areas in cities and discover hidden gems of galleries.
Have you visited any interesting exhibitions recently?
I have done quite a few but nothing to get super excited about, to be honest. Though, I do like to mention one particular exhibition, which was in 2015. It was an exhibition about the “ZERO” movement curated by Margriet Schavemaker. It represented some works from Henk Peeters, Jan Schoonhoven, Yves Klein, Lucio Fontana, Pierre Manzoni, ….. beautifully put together in the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam). Before this exhibition I never really felt connected or understood the mindset of this movement. Once I saw this exhibition it was almost like an eureka moment for me, everything started to make sense! It became the main inspiration source for the beginning of Fault Lines, and I returned many times to see the exhibition.