Selected works by Mat Collishaw

Mat Collishaw
Burning Flowers I

2003

Framed photograph

61 x 56 cm
Central to Mat Collishaw’s work are the themes of illusion and desire, which he uses to draw us into an arena where every-day conventions are broken down and questioned.
Mat Collishaw
Burning Flowers II

2003

Framed photograph

58 x 48 cm
Mat Collishaw
Burning Flowers IV

2003

Framed photograph

58 x 48 cm
Mat Collishaw states: “The type of adverts to be found on television and in glossy magazines are visually designed to have a power over the mind before they can even be questioned. The dark side of my work, primarily concerns the internal mechanisms of visual imagery and how these mechanisms address the mind.”
Mat Collishaw
Corona

2002

Ceramic, cement, wood, paint

350 x 490 cm
Mat Collishaw
Madonna

2002

Ceramic, cement, wood, paint

425 x 258 cm
Corona and Madonna have a historically epic quality. Corona disturbingly implies early 20th Century experimentation, Madonna’s timeless face is cropped from a photograph of an Indian woman taken after her village was destroyed in a flood. These tragic images seem all too contemporary with their digitised high-gloss finish. However, their surfaces aren’t photographs at all, rather they’re made up of tiny, cold ceramic tiles. Mat Collishaw uses mosaic to immortalise his subjects the same way images of saints and martyrs were rendered in early churches, but by doing so he replicates the process of image transmission over the internet.
Mat Collishaw
Bullet Hole

1988

cibachrome mounted on fifteen light boxes

229 x 310
Bullethole is one large photo, made up of 15 frames, fragmented like the panes of a stained glass window. At first glance, it’s unreadable, like an abstract painting. Then an image registers: a gaping vagina. It’s only with the full realisation that this is a close up of a head wound (taken from a pathology textbook) that the layering becomes complete: there’s a religious beauty and animal sexuality in something so abhorrent.
Mat Collishaw
Eighth Day

2002

Ceramic, cement, wood, paint

354 x 279.6 cm
Mat Collishaw can always find the intrinsically evil in photography. His subjects are often shocking and horrific – but it’s always the medium which is most disturbing. In The Eighth Day, Collishaw reproduces a photo of a real lynching found in an old book – but he does it in a monumental mosaic. Originally used in ancient times to immortalise gods, saints, and martyrs, mosaics were used to preserve timeless morals. But there’s something freakishly futuristic about Collishaw’s epic – black and white images are a modern invention, the miniscule tiles convincingly parody computer pixellation.

Other Resources

artfacts.net
Additional Information on Mat Collishaw

the-artists.org
Modern and Contemporary artists and art – Mat Collishaw

bbc.co.uk - Streetcam Shangri-Laa (2000) by Mat Collishaw
"I live on a very busy little street. Daytimes are a mixture of passing traffic, and recovering alcoholics from the centre next door. The vans and trucks onload and offload boxes of merchandise, the soaks roll around on the pavement or fight like toddlers until the police arrive... This is the ebb and flow of the little street I call Heaven." Mat Collishaw

llangollenfringe.co.uk
Mat Collishaw first came to prominence in 1998 at the famed Brit Art Freeze exhibition with a piece entitled Bullet Hole, a large photograph divided into fifteen light-boxes displaying the close-up image of a bullet wound to the head.

cosmicgalerie.com
The most recent installations of Mat Collishaw for Cosmic Galerie take the form of video projections on old furniture resembling a neo-Victorian interior. If these objects essentially belong to the realm of the inanimate and the perennial, the principle and the content of the videos are linked to a contemporary universe, to life and its fragility. The artist seeks to inspire a spark of life in these objects, to somehow re-animate by his ghost-like videos.

collishaw-genevaevent.com
The aim of this event is to let art lovers and collectors appreciate the eclectic range – and evolution – of Mat Collishaw’s art (photos, installations, drawings, video projections) from the early years of his career to his latest video installations created especially for this occasion.

sitegallery.org - Mat Collishaw- Solo Show
Mat Collishaw fuses antique and contemporary technologies in his unique strain of moving-image sculpture, as precious as it is provocative. His jewel-like projections mounted in Victorian frames evoke a curious and dark science while a giant projection of a baby illuminated by ultraviolet light (used to inhibit intravenous drug use from public lavatories) crosses boundaries between the aesthetically seductive and the morally reprehensible.

cosmicgalerie.com
Renowned for his photographs and video installations, Mat Collishaw elaborates works that refer to society's fascination with sex, violence and certain forms of depravity. The artist uses devices creating feelings of both enchantment and disenchantment in the viewer, often by incorporating images from the media in his work that confront the spectator with the reality of his surrounding.