Florian Mecklenburg is an Amsterdam based artist and art director. He is part of the collective Goys&Birls, co-founder of the experimental publication Format NXS (#1 release in 2017) and creative director of MonikaWear.
WELCOME TO THE NXS WORLD
NXS exists to connect ideas and introduce new reflections, as a printed platform that experiments with new ways of transmitting information and radically connecting diverse points of view within one issue. NXS works as a series, questioning “the self“ in the age of digital technology and technology-mediated relationships. The focus of the first issue is cyber-sensuality.The first issue will be released in March 2017.Click here for more information.
Monika Wear observes and comments on contemporary culture within the idiom of the fashion world. Emancipated from the commercial dogma of new collections and trends, Monika Wear extracts and exploits time based aesthetics and turns this into a story of a visual coup de grâce. A mix of hood couture and techno trompe l'oeil.
The first T-shirt was released in July 2016, the next edition will be released in spring 2017.
DM is an ongoing research on contemporary masculinity. It specifically investigates identity mutation and the deconstruction of stereotypes in masculinity within social identities and hyper aesthetics in a pop-cultural context. The related projects highlight the connection between the self, the male identity and the male body.
Selected ProjectsFriends OnlyThe Internet Is Present Part III
Friends OnlyThe Internet Is Present Part IIICuration & Art Direction
Friends Only is an interactive exhibition with more than forty international artists presenting the visual and performative aspects of contemporary virtual culture and its connection to the physical world.
Friends Only is a project by curators Karolien Buurman and Florian Mecklenburg in collaboration with gallery Vriend van Bavink. It is the third and final part of the exhibition trilogy The Internet Is Present, an initiative by the international art collective VeryVeryContemporary.
Design by Goys&Birls & Selam XMore Informationfriends-only.net
NEO – M
NEO – M (2016)Video installation with sound (duration 9 min)Neo-M is a multi-channel video and sound installation arranged as a moshpit with seven surrounding screens. The work deconstructs masculinity by exaggerating stereotypes and re-appropriating popular culture. Placing the viewer in a central position, the work not only stretches the limits of what the body can express, but also what the viewer is prepared to accept. The male body as a construct is perceived as a surface for intervention. It acts as a flexible membrane onto which notions of masculine identity are projected and reinterpreted. The visual language of gender norms is transformed into a liquefied and accelerated version of reality. As a tangible carrier of identity the body becomes a fictionalized manifestation of the liberated self. A new hyper aesthetic, spiraling out of control.
Exhibited 2016 - In conversation about, Looiersgracht 60 60, Amsterdam
Savage (2015)Brushed aluminium print (160x95cm)
“Savage“ is a 3D IPhone scan, a software generated image that represents a virtual version of the artist. As an optical illusion constructed through a process of demasking the limitations of software, the mask temporarily displaces the creating conditions in which the spectator seeks to locate the “realness” of a virtual image. The inverting of the face introduces a vulnerable pastiche of CGI and yet despite its transparent artificiality, seeking for a new visual that is closer to an emotional status then depiction.
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