Oleg Matrokhin (°1980) - Russian artist, living and working between Ghent (BE) and Moscow (RU), 2nd year student of HISK and graduate of Russian Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) and Institute of Contemporary Art Problems (ICA), Moscow, participant of 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art.
In his oeuvre Matrokhin uses textile to express illusions surrounding us in contemporary world. Drawing parallels between delusions of baroque and rococo and deceptions of informational flows in contemporary society of spectacle, he creates visually captivating art, multi-layered in references and literary – with stripes and ribbons of fabrics.
One has not always enough strength to evaluate the genuineness happening events, while browsing the news feed. The flow of imagery and its structure can not but remind of 'trompe l'oeuill' genre of 17th – 18th century theatre and decorative art, which aimed at replacing reality by its imitation. Thereby deception and delusion received a new artistic dimension. Looking around now, it is difficult to understand what is this society of spectacle which we are in, and what is this tedious drama of variety about?
* Trompe-l'oeil - (French for 'deceive the eye') is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions.