Mathias Schauwecker - Oh my Godzilla May 29, 2008 - June 28, 2008
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The most recent works of Mathias Schauwecker (1967, Zürich)
examine the threshold of human and animal features, the hybrid
condition that often gives birth to grotesque, astonishing creatures.
Schauwecker graduated from the Paris Academy of Fine Arts, to the
recommendation of a Hungarian-born artist, whom he respects as his
master. Following his studies, with more than twenty individual
exhibitions he traveled around Europe (Derek Johns Gallery, London,
Galerie Mabel Sammler, Paris) and the United States (Radix Gallery,
New York - Zhou B. Center for the Arts, Chicago), while he also
participated in several group exhibitions. His works exhibited at
Várfok Gallery- Várfok Hall, Oh my Godzilla! are selections of his
series based on a 1954 Japanese science fiction, in which a monstrous
creature, Godzilla, born less than ten years after the Hiroshima
bombings, from a mutation caused by atomic explosion, bullies and
terrifies a small fishermen’s village. In Schauwecker’s interpretation,
due to domestication, wild animals have almost entirely disappeared
from our lives, they live with us only in the zoos or recur in
television shows. Consequently, we have become ego and human-centered,
often explaining to children human follies and weaknesses with animal
metaphors, or using animal fables for moral teachings. We also „use”
animals to face traumas, giving birth to figures like Godzilla whose
fictitious figure so attached to the historical atomic bomb.
The „creation” is the summary of an unresolved tension and through
the visual experience the spectator is relieved. Schauwecker’s works
featured in Budapest reflect to social and environmental problems
through the figure of Godzilla, with a critical satirical attitude.
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