Image rights: Courtesy Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich
About Justin Matherly
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.
American, b. 1972