Justin Matherly

American, b. 1972

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Justin Matherly

American, b. 1972

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Justin Matherly creates sculptures that combine poured concrete and medical equipment like walkers, crutches, and shower chairs. Referencing ancient sculptures like the Belvedere Torso—with their severed limbs and scars showing the ravages of time—the pieces call to mind the weighty decay of the human body. The works serve as a way to concretize, quite literally, the artist’s readings of philosophy and theory. To create the pieces, Matherly gathers notes on a bulletin board, and, once a concept becomes clear, he creates a foam model by means of addition and subtraction. The foam forms the basis of an intentionally crude mold, which allows imperfections to occur when the concrete is cast. Matherly’s prints similarly combine the past and present, layering the Constructivist geometry of Kasimir Malevich over images of classical architecture.

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Biography

Justin Matherly creates sculptures that combine poured concrete and medical equipment like walkers, crutches, and shower chairs. Referencing ancient sculptures like the Belvedere Torso—with their severed limbs and scars showing the ravages of time—the pieces call to mind the weighty decay of the human body. The works serve as a way to concretize, quite literally, the artist’s readings of philosophy and theory. To create the pieces, Matherly gathers notes on a bulletin board, and, once a concept becomes clear, he creates a foam model by means of addition and subtraction. The foam forms the basis of an intentionally crude mold, which allows imperfections to occur when the concrete is cast. Matherly’s prints similarly combine the past and present, layering the Constructivist geometry of Kasimir Malevich over images of classical architecture.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Secession
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Skulptur Projekte Munster