Hello and welcome to my website.
My work, whether performed or constructed, is in the tradition of the Surrealists, Dadaists, the Theatre of the Absurd and post Russian Revolutionary writers and performers. I strive to reintroduce humour and stupidity into an over serious contemporary art format, an aspect which I see as an important generic omission since the sixties.
My present work is printed on handmade paper and presented in antique frames with torn printed texts to suggest an absurd world that we can only view from a distance of time and sobriety.
My performance work is a throwback of my sixties Dadaist roots. It means nothing but the meaningless.
I have been an absurdist all of my life. In the seventies, after leaving Leeds College of Art I worked in absurd performances all over the country, I have been a comedy scriptwriter, director, and educator and, over the past ten years have been manipulating ideas through photographic found images. I have a strong belief that humour needs to be redefined in its role in Contemporary Art. I am actively, and continually, reassessing the absurd, the meaningless and ridiculousness, once a staple diet of sixties creativity, and attempting to reintroduce that mindset to twenty first century art.
'Mack Mathod’s work represents a humourous way of repurposing objects and materials that have had a previous life. They have been brought into the contemporary by representing them in response to current daily life. It also plays on the historic and museum context and display by presenting them in such a way as to make them seem truthful remnants of history. While performing as serious and factual, this work is imbued with comical wit and absurdity. It's playful grave humour is reflective of, and pokes fun at the way we take art practice so seriously.'
(Citation for the winner of the Best Newcomer award at Peterborough Open Biennial 2016)