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Tony Matelli

298, 2014

Painted Bronze
18 × 5 × 10 in
45.7 × 12.7 × 25.4 cm
Unique
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Los Angeles, Los Angeles , West Hollywood
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John Wolf Art Advisory & Brokerage
Los Angeles, Los Angeles , +1 more
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Tony Matelli's sculptures are seductive and illusory. Whether its a self-portrait made of …

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Tony Matelli's sculptures are seductive and illusory. Whether its a self-portrait made of decomposing meat, a pile of money aflame but not burning up, or the most quotidian looking weeds made entirely of bronze, Matelli is able to embody growth and decay, love, injustice, a precarious economic time or a very …

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Tony Matelli
Tony Matelli
American, b. 1971
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Incorporating figurative, botanical, and abstract forms in his sculpture, Tony Matelli creates uncanny objects that are both unsettling and comical. His bronze sculptures feature ropes frozen in mid-air, as if the ropes were dropped on a plinth and cast just before collapsing into inert coils. Other works rely on unusual juxtapositions, such as his weeds series in which plants sprout from the space between gallery walls and floors. Across his oeuvre, and particularly in his mirror paintings, Matelli discards traditional genre categories in favor of experiential concerns. “I like sculpture because it’s unwieldy, and there is a resistance to decoration in sculpture that I like,” Matelli has said. “Genres are at the service of ideas, not the other way around.”

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About the work
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John Wolf Art Advisory & Brokerage
Los Angeles, Los Angeles , +1 more
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Tony Matelli's sculptures are seductive and illusory. Whether its a self-portrait made of …

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Tony Matelli's sculptures are seductive and illusory. Whether its a self-portrait made of decomposing meat, a pile of money aflame but not burning up, or the most quotidian looking weeds made entirely of bronze, Matelli is able to embody growth and decay, love, injustice, a precarious economic time or a very …

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Manufacturer
Tony Matelli
Tony Matelli
American, b. 1971
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Incorporating figurative, botanical, and abstract forms in his sculpture, Tony Matelli creates uncanny objects that are both unsettling and comical. His bronze sculptures feature ropes frozen in mid-air, as if the ropes were dropped on a plinth and cast just before collapsing into inert coils. Other works rely on unusual juxtapositions, such as his weeds series in which plants sprout from the space between gallery walls and floors. Across his oeuvre, and particularly in his mirror paintings, Matelli discards traditional genre categories in favor of experiential concerns. “I like sculpture because it’s unwieldy, and there is a resistance to decoration in sculpture that I like,” Matelli has said. “Genres are at the service of ideas, not the other way around.”

Tony Matelli

298, 2014

Painted Bronze
18 × 5 × 10 in
45.7 × 12.7 × 25.4 cm
Unique
Sold
location
Los Angeles, Los Angeles , West Hollywood
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