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Chivers Mat

Mat Chivers was born in Bristol, UK in 1973 and studied sculpture at The Nottingham Trent University, UK and Escuela de Belles Arte, Barcelona, Spain from 1993-96. An extended period of travel followed, where he trained in sustainable farming and building practices in Europe, culminating in a solo journey overland to India where he spent time living in the Himalayas. He returned to the UK in 1999 and established a studio in the southwest of England. He lives between southwest Devon, UK and Montréal, Canada. Chivers work looks at some of the fundamental phenomena that drive our thoughts and actions. He explores ideas relating to perception, cognition, evolutionary process, ecology and ethics by bringing traditional analogue approaches to making into counterpoint with contemporary digital technologies. Chivers has worked in private and public collections including Oxford University Mathematical Institute, UK and Fondazione Henraux, Italy. Solo exhibitions include Migrations at Arsenal Art Contemporain Montréal, Canada and Musée d’art de Joliette, Canada; Harmonic Distortion at PM/AM, London, UK and Altered States at Hallmark House, Johannesburg, South Africa. Group exhibitions include The New States of Being at Centre d’Exposition de l’Université de Montréal, Canada; A Place In Time at Nirox, Johannesburg, South Africa; Between Night and Day and Day and the Night, Kappatos Gallery, Athens, Greece; Glasstress: White Light/White Heat at Pallazzo Cavalli Franchetti for the 55th Venice Biennale, Italy and The Knowledge at The Gervasuti Foundation for the 54th Venice Biennale, Italy.

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