MATHIAS KESSLER
1968 born in Kempten, Austria
works and lives in New York, USA

Education
MFA Art Practice: Low Residency Program at School of Visual Arts, New York
2009 National Scholarship for Photography, Vienna, Austria

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2019  Forever and Sunsmell, Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2018  Staging Nature, Kirchner Museum, Davos, Switzerland
2017  Artifacts & Other Errors of Perception, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 
          Boulder
          Simulacrum - Virtual Worlds, Palmengarten, Frankfurt, Frankfurt Germany
2016  Between Image and Matter: (The Camera as a Producer), Galerie Heike Strelow,
          Frankfurt, Germany
          California Dreamin, Site Lab (Art Prize), Grand Rapids, Michigan
2015  Here and Now!, Kunsthalle Rotterdam, Netherlands California Dreaming, Rise Project,
          London, UK
          Social Glitch, Radikale Ästhetik und die Konsequenzen extremer Ereignise,       
          Ausstellungsprojekt, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Wien
          California Dreaming, Rise Projects, 2 Lansdowne Rise, London, UK
          Landscape in Motion Cinematic Visions of an Uncertain Tomorrow, Kunsthaus Graz, 
          Austria
2013  Social Landscape”, Volta Art-fair, New York
          “Construction of Landscape”, FiFi Project, Monterrey, Mexico
          “in Cold Blood,” Y Gallery, New York City (two man show with Andrea Galvani)
2012  From Copernicus to Cyberspace, Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
          After Sublimity, FiFi projects, Mexico City, Mexico
2011  I’ll Survive, Rosphoto (Nat. Museum for Photography), St. Petersburg, Russia
          After Nature, GL Holtegaard Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
          Рοсфото, The State Russian Centre of Photography, St. Petersburg, Russia
2010  The Taste of Discovery, Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
          Nowhere to be found, Volta art fair, NY USA
          Natural Fictions, Brotfabrik Berlin, Germany
          The Taste of Discovery, ME Contemporary Copenhagen, Denmark
2009  The Taste of Discovery, Kunstraum Dornbirn, Austria
2008  The Taste of Discovery, habres+partner, Vienna, Austria
2007  Kunst Zuerich 07, Artfair, habres+partner, Zürich, Switzerland
          The end of the world…, Visual Drugs, Zurich, Switzerland
2006  Secluded Nights, Winkleman / Plus Ultra Gallery, New York, NY USA
2005  Secluded Nights, habres+partner, Vienna, Austria
2004  Secluded Nights, 2300 Studio/Gallery, LLC, Miami Design District, Florida
          I love Paradise, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico
          Collaboration with Johan Grimonprez
          Looking for Alfred, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK
2003  I love Paradise (performance), Muestra Art Fair, Mexico City, Mexico
          I love Paradise (performance), Odeonsplatz / U-Bahnstation, Munich, Germany
          a certain regard, habres+partner, Vienna, Austria
          I love Paradise (performance), Scope Art Fair Miami Beach, USA FL
2001  0 Gravity, Onefront Gallery, New York, NY USA
          Chiapas, Galería Emma Molina, Monterrey, Mexico
          Saatchi & Saatchi, Advertising Headquarters NY, NY USA
2000  Net Works, habres+partner, Vienna, Austria
1999  Net Works, D 8 Gallery, Linz, Austria

Selected Group Exhibitions
2019  Inspiration Meisterwerk + Pirating Presence, Museum Villa Rot, Ulm, Germany
2018  Big Botany, Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence Kansas
          Eiskalt, Eres Stifftung, Munich, Germany
2017  Constructing Paradise, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, New York
          con•tin•u•ums (time beyond lifetimes), SVA Curatorial Practice, Pfizer Building, New
          York
          Visions of Nature, Kunst Haus Wien, Vienna, Austria
          Oh les beaux jours! Biennale 9, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
2016  Spring Exhibition 2016, Kunsthal Charlottenburg, Copenhagen, Denmark
          The Sun Placed in the Abyss, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio
          RE-CODING, Galerie Elisabeth and Klaus Thoman,Vienna, Austria
          Empire, Dada and current positions in art, Museum Macura, Belgrad, Serbia
          The Castle of Perseverance, Crush Curatorial, Sag Habor, Long Island, NY
2015  Wie wir leben (The Way We Live), Kunst Haus Wien, Wien, Austria
2014  AUTOIMMUNE, Vohn Gallery, New York
2014  “[macro]biologies 1: the biosphere,” Art Laboratory Berlin, Germany
          “Jenseits der Ansichtskarte. Die Alpen in der Fotografie,“ Landesmuseum Vorarlberg,
           Bregenz, Austria
2013  “[UN]NATURAL LIMITS”, Austrian Cultural Institute New York, New York
           Comfort Zones”, Frontal Lobe Gallery at Bragg’s Pie Factory, Phoenix, Arizona
          “Poision Green,” Czech Cultural Center New York City, New York
          “No-Men’s Land – 7 Positions in Contemporary Photografie”, Aschaffenburg, 
           Germany
          “Hohe Dosis”, Fotohof & Atterseehalle, Salzburg, Austria
          “Vom Weggehen und (nicht) Wiederkommen”, Kunstforum Montafon, Montafon,
          Austria
          “Mind the Gap,” Radiator Gallery, New York
          “Mind the Gap,” Radiator Gallery, New York
          “Jenseits der Ansichtskarte. Die Alpen in der Fotografie,“ Galerie Stihl, Waiblingen,
           Germany
          “High Water,” Spectrum NYC, New York, New York
2012  The Nature of Disappearance, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY USA
          Ground Control, Kunsthaus Muerzuschlag, Muerzuschlag, AustriaOur House, Austrian
          Cultural Institute, New York, NY, NY USA
2011  Lost Paradise, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY USA
          Höhenrausch 2, OK Linz, Linz, Austria
2010  Nowhere to be found, Eikon, Vienna, Austria
          Another Green World, Carriage Trade, New York, NY USA
          Above and Beyond, Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Austria
2009  Portrait Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz, Austria
          hoch hinauf, Kunstforum Montafon, Schruns, Austria
          Point of intersection linz, Art Museum Linz - Lentos, Linz, Austria
          Crown of the Lost, Fifi Projects, New York, NY USA
          Neue Mitglieder, Künstlerhaus Thurn & Taxis, Bregenz, Austria
2008  GO NYC, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems an der Donau, Austria
2007  Aqua Art Miami, Artfair, habres+partner, Miami Beach, FL USA
          MACO, Artfair, habres+partner, Mexico City, Mexico
          Collaboration with Johan Grimonprez
          Looking for Alfred, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
2006  Year 06 Art Fair, Winkleman / Plus Ultra Gallery, London, UK
          The Invention of Landscape, Colección Patricia Phelps de
          Cisneros, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico
          Fotografia, Galería Fernando Zubillaga, Caracas, Venezuela
          Salzburg Sites 2006, HangART-7, Salzburg, Austria
          urban maze, habres+partner, Vienna, Austria
2005  Arco Artfair, Emma Molina Gallery, Madrid, Spain
          Aqua Artfair, Plus Ultra Gallery, FL USA
          Looking for Alfred, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands
          Artist House, Oslo, Norway
          Mead Gallery, University of Warwick Arts Centre, UK
          Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium
          Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
          De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, UK
2004  Slice and Dice, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY USA
2003  Forehand, Red Dot Gallery, New York, NY USA
          Paris Photo, Artfair, Emma Molina Gallery, Paris, France

Awards
Scholarship: MFA Artpractice, School of Visual Arts, New York, 2009
Staatsstipendium fuer Fotografie, Vienna, Austria, 2009

Lectures and Presentations
Conference: Hothouse Archives: Plants, Pods, and Panama Red, School of Visual Arts, November 16–18, 2018
“Nowhere to Be Found,” Kuenstlerhaus Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz, Austria, June 2016
“Nowhere to Be Found,” Curatorial Practice SVA, New York, March 2016
“Nowhere to Be Found,” IFK (International Research Center for Cultural Studies), New York, January 2016
“Nowhere to Be Found,” ACFNY, New York, January 2015
“Naturally Hypernatural III. Landscapes in the Anthropocene,” Kunsthaus Graz, Austria, June 2015
“BFA Senior Workshop,” School of Visual Arts, New York, March 2014
“Landscape and Punishment in the Renaissance,” lecture, School of Visual Arts, New York, November 2013
“On Photography,” MFA Photography at School of Visual Arts, New York, February 2012
“Are we sawing off the branch we're sitting on? The Place of Nature in the Narrative,” panel discussion, Architecture of Modern Culture, Austrian Cultural Institute New York, February 2013
Embodied Fantasies International Conference, School of Visual Arts, 2011, New York, 2011
ARS Electronica, Electro Lobby, Linz, Austria, September 2002

Residencies
London / Fotoapartment, BMUKK (Austrian Ministry of Culture), London, UK, September - November 2017
Artist in Residency, Rise Projects, London, UK, June 2015
Rom / Paliano, Kunst Vorarlberg, Rome, Italy, November 2014
Hatch House, Cape Cod Modern House Trust, Wellfleet, Massachusetts, USA, May 2014
Artist in Residency, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA, December 2013
Hatch House, Cape Cod Modern House Trust, Wellfleet, Massachusetts, USA, May 2013
Land Vorarlberg, Berlin, Germany, October 2012

Collections
Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria, 2015
Museum Vorarlberg, Austria, 2006 and 2012
Colleccion Cisneros, New York, 2001 and 2004
Landesmuseum Linz, Austria, 2011
Illwerke Collection, Austria, 2009
21c Museums Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky, 2012

Selected Bibliography
KUNSTFORUM International, Kunstnatur, Band 258, Tote Natur, Hartmut Boehme

KUNSTFORUM International, Kunstnatur, Band 258, Konstruktion und Dekonstruktionen des Natürlichen, Judith Elisabeth Weiss

Naturally, Hypernatural, The Anthropocene and Art by the Example of Mathias Kessler’s Work, Sabine Flach, Eikon Magazine for Media and Photography, Issue 101, March 2018
“Big Botany Explores Humanity’s Sometimes Dysfunctional Relationship with the Plant World,” Hyperallergic, March 27, 2018.
https://hyperallergic.com/433380/big-botany-explores-humanitys-sometimes-dysfunctional-relationship-plant-world/Sabine Flach, “The Anthropocene and Art by the Example of Mathias Kessler's Work,” Eikon, no. 101, March 2018: 49-62.

Lorenz Gatt, “Palmengarten: Fototapeten und einen Totenschädel zeigt der Künstler Mathias Kessler unter dem Titel ‘Simulacrum – virtuelle Welten,” Strandgut: Das Kulturmagazin, July 6, 2017.
http://strandgut.de/palmengarten-fototapeten-und-einen-totenschaedel-zeigt-der-kuenstler-mathias-kessler-unter-dem-titel-simulacrum-virtuelle-welten/

Carrie Davidson, “Reality or fantasy: Mathias Kessler’s exhibition at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art invites viewers to walk between two worlds,” Boulder Weekly, May 11, 2017.

“Aus dem Tod wächts neues Leben,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, May 10, 2017.

Thomas Stillbauer, “Palmengarten Frankfurt: Virtuelle Welten, bewachsene Schädel,” FrankfurterRundschau, May 4, 2017.
http://www.fr.de/frankfurt/palmengarten-frankfurt-virtuelle-welten-bewachsene-schaedel-a-1272545

“Palmengarten: Similacrum – Virtual Welten,” Art Kaleidoscope, April - June, 2017.

Brianna Dascher, “Creative passions displayed in BMoCA's series of presentations: From surrealist film to fly-fishing, program gives view of Boulder culture,” Daily Camera, March 3, 2017.
http://www.dailycamera.com/entertainment/ci_30829070/creative-passions-displayed-bmocas-series-presentations

Michael Slenske, “Paradise Lost,” Cultured Magazine, February 2017.
http://www.culturedmag.com/mathias-kessler/

Sydney A. Braat, “CRUSH Curatorial To Host Exhibit In Conjunction With The Hamptons International Film Festival,” Hamptons.com, October 2016.
http://www.hamptons.com/The-Arts/In-the-Galleries/22611/CRUSH-Curatorial-To-Host-Exhibit-In-Conjunction.html#.Wf-fYxNSzBI

Johanna Hofleitner, “Schauplätze: Curated by. Zum Saisonauftakt gibt sich die Wiener Galerieszene (fast) geschlossen,” Die Presse – Schaufenster, September 2, 2016.
http://diepresse.com/home/kultur/kunst/5078957/Schauplaetze_Curated-by

Jose Villarreal, “First solo exhibition in the Netherlands by Mathias Kessler on view at The Kunsthal Rotterdam,” Art Daily, September 2016.
http://artdaily.com/news/81617/First-solo-exhibition-in-the-Netherlands-by-Mathias-Kessler-on-view-at-The-Kunsthal-Rotterdam#.Wf-hBhNSzBJ

Michael Slenske, “Home grown: Asad Raza stages art show in his one-bedroom NYC apartment,” Wallpaper Magazine, December 11, 2015.
http://www.wallpaper.com/art/artist-producer-asad-raza-stages-an-art-show-in-his-one-bedroom-new-york-apartment#biA6sJ6BdIlAb8sI.99

Susie S. Lee, “Staging Nature: the art of Mathias Kessler,” heads up! Magazine,
September 1, 2015.
https://www.heads-up.cc/single-post/2015/09/01/Staging-Nature-the-art-of-Mathias-Kessler

Arnaud Gerspacher, “autoimmune,” Art Agenda, October 28, 2014.

Christoph Schütte, “Eisberg, Wüste, Wolkenmeer,” Frankfurter Allgemeine, July 20, 2014.

Patricia Cohen, “A Collector Bets His Eye and His Gut,” New York Times, December 6, 2013.

Chloe Wyma, “Free Beer! No, Really, Heike Strelow’s Booth at Volta,” Blouin Artinfo, March 8, 2013. http://blogs.artinfo.com/artintheair/2013/03/08/free-beer-no-really-heike-strelows-booth-at-volta-has-free-beer-but-its-coors-light/
 
Katya Kazakina, “Warhol’s ‘Piss’ Painting, Human Skull, Clutter: Hot Art,” Bloomberg, July 12, 2012. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2012-07-12/warhol-s-piss-painting-human-skull-clutter-hot-art

Tiffany Jow, “Beautiful Decay,” Artlog, October 12, 2012. http://www.artlog.com/2012/408-beautiful-decay#.UMYfI6WmBUN

Alix Lambert, “Mathias Kessler: Art, Science, and Adventure,” The Great Immensity Skype Interview Series, November 16, 2011. http://thegreatimmensity.org/2011/mathias-kessler-art-science-and-adventure/

Christof Habres, “Das letzte Geheimnis der Erde,” Wiener Zeitung, June 26, 2011.

Lee Ann Norman, “Fragmented Heaven on Earth,” ArtSlant, August 17, 2011. http://www.artslant.com/9/articles/show/24258

Anderson Heather, “Interview: Mathias Kessler,” Kopenhagen.dk, October 19, 2010.

Jan Falk Borup, “Mathias Kessler: I’ll Survive,” Kulturguiden P2, DR Radio, October 2, 2010.

Jens Rebensdorff, “I’ll Survive: Mathias Kessler,” Aok.dk, September 29, 2010.

Thomas Kuhn, “Volta - Pulse - Scope & Co. Die Nebenmessen: Kometen, Satelliten unda freie Radikale, New York, 3.3. - 7.3.2010,” Kunstforum, March 2010.

Stephen Maine, “Carriage Trade’s Another Green World,” New York Foundation for the Arts, November 20, 2010.

“The Great Barrier Skull,” Studio 360, March 10, 2010.

Dieter Buchhart, “Against the Unspoiled,” Eikon, no. 69, February 2010: 28-33.

Wolfgang Schmutz, “Immer der Nadel nach,” Der Standard, December 28, 2009.

Verena Straub, “Mathias Kessler im Kunstraum Dornbirn,” art-in.de, September 15, 2009.

“Ausstellung ‘Mathias Kessler,’ Kunsthalle Dornbirn,” Orf a.viso, Sat3, September 12, 2009.

Ariane Grabher, “Eine Nase voll Abenteuer,” Vorarlberger Nachrichten, September 10, 2009.

Ernst Schmiederer, “Bei Neumond in der Einsamkeit,” Die Zeit, April 4, 2009.

Irene Müller, “Forscherdrang,” Kunstbulletin, November 1, 2009: 49.

Karlheinz Pichler, “Künstler in gebirgigen Phasen, Ausstellung: Hoch hinaus – Alpinismus in der zeitgenössischen Kunst,” Kultur, no. 5, September 1, 2009.

“Kunstraum: Clear,” Die Presse, September 7, 2009.

Julia Urbanek, “Lentos im Wechsel der Perspektive,” Wiener Zeitung, July 18, 2009.

“GO NYC,” Kunsthalle Krems, October 2008: 40-53.

“Technology and the Body,” Prefix Photo, no. 18, November 2008: 46-49.

“GO NYC,” Eikon, no. 64, November 2008: 78.

“Expeditionen ans Ende der Welt,” Kunstinvestor, no. 2, Summer 2008: 20-21.

“Selected Views,” Catalog: Metro Verlag Wien, December 2007.

“Zwischen Jagdtrophäen, Eisbergen und Cyborgen,” Art Magazine.cc, Kunstmessen, November 3, 2007.
 
Calin Kruse, “Die Nacht,” Magazin für Fotografie, Gestaltung und Subkultur, no. 2, 2007.

Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Catalog: Cruce de Miradas, Visiones de America Latina, August 2006: 185.

“Manger / Eat”, Coromandel Press, June 1, 2006: 162.

“For Skin,” ArtNexus, No. 46, Vol. 4, 2005: 158-159.

“Watchlist,” Der Standard, September 6, 2005.

“0 Gravity,” Wiener Zeitung, May 4 2005: 12.

“Exposición MACO Musuem,” El Norte, May 7, 2004: 64–70.

Wiltrud Hackl, “Artnew York,” ZIB 3, ORF 2, September 11, 2002.

Wiltrud Hackl, “Artnew York,” OÖ Heute, ORF, September 11, 2002.

“Kulturnotizen Artnew York,” Radio Österreich 1, September 11, 2002.

“Eine kleine Geschichte der Photographie,” Der Standard, February 21, 2002.

“Blow Up, Close Up, Pin Up,” ART Magazine, February 21, 2002.

“Diskurs mit der Linse,” Die Presse, February 19, 2002.

“Augenblicke Fotokunst,” Ö1 Kulturjournal, Radio Österreich 1, February 13, 2002.

“Augenblicke Fotokunst,” Radio Österreich 1, February 14, 2002.

“Augenblicke Fotokunst,” Sammlung Essl, February 2002: 32-33.

Kaylan Melik, “Pieces of the Week: Coromandel ‘Manger-Eat’”, Forbes Magazine, June 27, 2001.

Aric Chen, “Tubby,” Dutch Magazine, no. 33, May/June 2001.

“Forum,” Camera Austria, no. 65, 2000: 70.