work - which invariably takes the form of framed book pages, framed exhibition catalog covers and photographs of books – might productively be thought of as 'found conceptual art'.
For more than 12 years Higgs has worked within these self-consciously defined - but almost infinite - parameters. Rooted in countless hours spent in second-hand bookshops Higgs' re- contextualization of existing printed matter seeks to consider questions of authorship, uniqueness, labor (or lack thereof), vandalism, linguistics, typography, design (and its relationship with late-modernist abstraction), amongst other things. Often making direct reference to the condition - and reception - of art, Higgs' ongoing project formally acknowledges the presence and role of the viewer, while simultaneously addressing the physical reality of the art object.
Matthew Higgs was born in 1964 in Wakefield, UK. He received his BA (Hons Fine Art) at Newcastle-upon-Tyne Polytechnic. He is an artist, writer, curator and educator. Recent solo exhibitions include Art in Crisis – Pictures in Peril, Murray Guy, New York (2009); Never Look Back, Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, New York (2009); Wilkinson Gallery, London (2008); and, together with Gedi Sibony, Beginnings, Middles, and Ends, Galerie Senn, Vienna (2009). He has held curatorial positions at the ICA, London and CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, and is currently director and curator of White Columns, New York.
was born in 1968 in Wakefield, England. From the age of three he lived in Glasgow, Scotland. Between 1986 and 1990 he studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. After art school he lived and worked in London until 2001, when he moved to Alicudi, Italy. In 2001 he was the winner of the Turner Prize.
He currently lives and works in London and Alicudi. More of Martin's work can be found here: http://www.martincreed.com/site