Matthias Beckman was born in 1965 in Arnsberg, Germany. He now lives
and works in Berlin. Matthias studied at Kunstakademie between 1984
– 1990 and completed a Master’s Degree in 1989.
In addition to lecturing posts Matthias has been awarded several grants
and awards including most recently in 2010 the Albert Stuwe-Prize
Matthias has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions including
"With graphite and colour pencils",
Contemporary Drawings, Poll Galerie + Kunsthandel, Berlin, 2012 and
"Artists' Studios in Berlin",
Columbus Art Foundation, Ravensburg.
Drawing is a nice job
Drawing is in the centre of my artistic work and it is my main interest.
The single drawing generally is part of a series dealing with a specific
space, an institution or a theme. This could be a museum like the
Kunstmuseum Bonn or the S.M.A.K. in Ghent, a cabinet of curiosities
in Germany or Austria, the laboratories of the Fraunhofer Institute
(IPA) in Stuttgart, the technology of car production, the romanesque
churches in Cologne or simply the professional situation of nude drawing.
The graphite drawings, based on the power of the pure line, play with
the techniques of film and photograpy - changes of perspectives, zooming
between the complete scene and extreme details, the camera surrounding
the object of interest. The drawings of a series are like mosaic stones
building a complex portrait of a certain place or situation.
I am interested in the traces of banality in situations generally
considered as solemn or of highstanding social or cultural importance.
Consequently I make no difference between the objects I draw. There
is no hierarchy as in the drawings everything has the same value.
Light systems or furniture in a museum are depicted wih the same accuracy
as the works of art and in my series about the German Parliament Deutscher
Bundestag the reporter’s low-slung jeans are as interesting
to me as the face of the politician being interviewed. The fun of
drawing is perfect when the line of the pencil seems to be fluid and
a sense of humour derives from the conjuncture of aura and daily routine.
I would be glad if the people contemplating my drawings feel a little
bit of this delight. It is all about observation.
Drawing is a nice job.
Vietnam in Lichtenberg
A series of drawings, graphite on paper, each 29,7 x 21,0 cm
Matthias Beckmann traces Vietnamese life in Berlin-Lichtenberg in
his drawings, which he produces on location, using no photographic
equipment. His goal here is neither all-inclusive documentation nor
social investigation; instead, he is much more concerned with a direct,
personal approach. Acting as a silent observer, he draws things as
they are. He awards the same amount of attention to everything he
sees, and avoids all value judgements.
Using a pencil, a drawing pad and a small, foldable angler’s
stool, this Berlin-based artist visited the ‘Pho Da’ Buddhist
pagoda in Marzahner Strasse, kung-fu training at the ‘Nam Hong
Son Dynastie’ club, the market on Anton-Saefkow-Platz, a tattoo
studio and Berlin’s largest Asian food and goods market in the
‘Dong Xuan Center’ in early 2011.
The series about Vietnamese Life will be shown at the Museum of Asian
Art in Berlin in 2013. There already exists a very small booklet with
drawings published by the artists residency program "Lichtenberg
Studios", curated by Uwe Jonas.
This project was made possible by support from the district of Lichtenberg’s