Matti Braun's work is characterized by a constant negotiation between concrete references and general allusions, between poetic ephemerality and an uncanny sense of visceral immediacy. Braun has harnessed his interests to post-colonial discourse and notions of globalisation: most of the works suggest the migration of goods, skills or ideas. This interest, combined with feverish research, allows Braun to move rapidly between motifs of trans-nationalism, from 19th century textile trading to the 20th-century Negritude movement. Yet, for all its expansiveness, the logic of these quick-fire references is very contemporary: the associative textuality of the Internet and modern communications technology.; Making visible patterns of migration, Braun alludes to the typically unknown, even ignored, cross-cultural effects of globalisation. From the ancient Silk Route connecting the East to the West, to a now generic iPhone screensaver of a tropical sunset, the artist tracks specific examples of cultural appropriation in a non-linear manner.; Removing any palpable figuration or iconography, instead seamless washes of colour initiate a hypnotic intensity, the seeming simplicity of which belies the technical complexity of their production. Braun's chosen methodology is particularly laborious in the time taken to reach the exact colour field.
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OMR was founded in 1983 and through over 400 exhibitions and 20 years of participation in art fairs, has developed