Originally, »disturbanity« was a term Matthias Gephart invented to express his personal »visual high«. He named what had not been labeled yet, allthough it is typical for our times to experience reality as a product of massively shattered perspectives. We are facing a mass of visual impressions every day. The latter often recall accidentally assembled collages: Houses silhouettes, branches, and wires shape graphic elements against the sky. Rotten billboard charts, tag-coated surfaces, and scratched structures on dirty backsides of traffic signs catch the eyes of those who are attracted to the coincidental beauty of details in decay. Matthias Gephart loves to look for urban wastelands and lost places – the spots that never receive public attention – and redefines them as open studios for painting and photography. To him, the architectural and industrial traces of a civilization in constant change bear a radical beauty that has become an important inspiration for his art, which reflects the impression of wilderness and loss of control. Whether he uses spray-paint or draws, photographs, designs with a vector programm or just with scissors and glue, the artistic direction remains highly recognizable, even in his commercial works as an illustrator. Disturbanity is NOT Disorder. In fact it is a style that connects the energy of spontaneous chaos, coincidental vibe and well-balanced imagery. From Matthias Gephart's perspective this approach emphasizes artistic honesty and the belief that systematic plans to establish order are mostly doomed to fail. Matthias started Graffiti writing in 1988 and currently lives in Berlin. Known for crossing (sub)cultural boundaries, his work has been featured in a large row of publications, from Graffiti Art books to graphic design magazines and logo compendiums, from releases on contemporary illustration to titles on Punk/Hardcore visuals, from Hip Hop to Gothic - magazines. Some of his designs were awarded by Red Dot Design, 100 beste Plakate, Deutscher Designer Club, Art Directors Club, some disliked, some can be found in galleries, some are kept hidden in abandoned areas. Surprisingly, New Yorks design&illustration magazine Creative Quarterly awarded one of his murals in their fine art section.
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