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Paul Matosic

Posted on March 06 2016

Paul Matosic is a British artist engaged in the field of multimedia and new technologies of arts for about 35 years. Matosic received foundational study of fine arts at Bolton College of Art in 1977, some years later he got his BA
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Paul Matosic is a British artist engaged in the field of multimedia and new technologies of arts for about 35 years. Matosic received foundational study of fine arts at Bolton College of Art in 1977, some years later he got his BA in Fine Arts at North Staffordshire Polytechnic and his MA from Nottingham Polytechnic. His installations, sculptures, videos and photographs have been exhibited in important solo, duo and group exhibitions in England, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Brazil and Canada, organized by art galleries like the Nottingham Castle Art Gallery, Herbert Art Gallery and more.
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Paul Matosic work focuses on issues of consumerisms and the environment, issues that are at the root of the formal and of composition research he makes in all his works, including those present at LoosenArt. These images are what the author calls "digital collage pieces", images produced with tools offered by softwares like photoshop, which allows to manage the levels ensuring greater mastery in image composition. The digital collage pieces of Matosic recall Cubist trends. Such compositions seem to be a reinterpretation ,in digital key,  obtained from the new information materials that our subconscious absorbs, stores and rejects  on a daily basis. The same Matosic describes his images as a "kaleidoscope of visual text" which reflects the way that we are surrounded by this stuff everyday,  much of which we subconsciously read and dismiss.
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L.A.: Hello Paul, how and when did you become interested in art in relation to new technologies?
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Paul Matosic: My first response to making art with technology was through the use of deconstructed computers the waste material generated by the constant upgrade game the first of these installations was made in 1995.
However as I started using computers for their intended purpose around the same time the  possibilities  of Photoshop opened up new directions. As a self taught digital artist it has taken many years to fully develop a dialogue with this technology and it is only recently that I have produced stuff that i feel satisfied with.
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L.A.: Can you discuss your process for making these images or your creative process more generally? How long you work on a single image?
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Paul Matosic: All the images are made using Photoshop. Given the range of tools available there are very few that I actually utilise. I seldom use any filters other than ‘high pass’. The final image is the result of  organising   digital photographs. Several images are selected and laid one upon the other my first point of call is the 'difference tool’; sometimes that is all that I need to do, other times sections of an image may be removed small glitches ‘healed’. Sometimes an image might take ten or so minutes other times several hours.
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L.A.: Can you take one of your works from those presents at LoosenArt Gallery and express a personal comment about meanings or concepts?
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Paul Matosic: Looking at "Bauhaus". This is a fairly recent image combining three or so photographs of the Bauhaus building in Berlin. I like to use strong architectural forms as these provide the quasi cubist structure to the imagery. in this and many other images this geometric structuring echoes developments in my installation and sculptural work. Although functioning as a replacement for this more physical work whilst I remain without a studio/workshop these works should be seen as continuation of my overall art explorations.
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L.A.: What is the role of the artist in contemporary society?
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Paul Matosic: I like to think that the artist does have a role in society although this is often difficult to recognise in todays current economic climate. Certainly the relationship between the artist and the art world has changed. There seems to be more emphasis on academic research rather than art production. looking at the art press in general both in print and on line you will see the proliferation of images of people sitting around tables discussing art whilst the stuff on the walls seems to fade into insignificance. Likewise at private views art subsumes to networking opportunities. how art engages with the wider community is often a difficult thing to pin down one would think that art communicates new outlooks and ideas to a wider audience. It should ask more questions rather than provide answers it should look at things from an alternative viewpoint and it should communicate these possibilities to a wider audience.
However it is often difficult for artists to engage directly with the general public mainly due to the mediation of the art world  that selects which artists get shown.
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L.A.: What are you busy doing in this period? Have you any future project?
 
Paul Matosic: I am currently learning to write a web site nearly there see the results on www.osicart.org. Here I can showcase my digital collage work including the pieces shown here. So if you want to see more go there.
I am also developing a few film projects and gradually assembling the bits and pieces that I shall need when I return to my building project in France.
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