The collages by Matthias Jung take viewers into a surreal world. Jung sets fantastic building facades afloat amidst vast landscapes; their pointy domes and tall arching windows feel familiar like childhood memories.
The artist takes individual photographs in different locations, mostly in northern Germany, before carefully assembling them into one cohesive piece. He abstains from sensational effects and superficiality. On the contrary, Jung deliberately creates subtle disruptions that draw the viewer deeper into his work. By artistically arranging scraps of reality, Jung intensifies the picture in a way the human eye can only partially detect – and it is through our own associations that his constructions come alive.
Matthias Jung calls his surreal works “short, architectural poems”. The individual elements of the image are verses that generate an electric tension with each other. This tension leads to new worlds in which the entire beauty of his art is revealed. According to Jung, it is “not about superficial beauty, but the beauty of something being deeply harmonious.”
German artist Matthias Jung worked as an illustrator before making his way to painting and ultimately developing an unmistakable collage style. His work has appeared in publications including The Guardian, Stern and Archdaily.