Rope

Mystifiers, NCCA, Moscow, Feb - Mar '16
Olaf Breuning, Tony Matelli, John Miller. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow. Mar - June '14

Catalogue: Mystifiers, NCCA, Moscow, 2016 pages 6, 56-57
Catalogue: Olaf Breuning, Tony Matelli, John Miller. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, 2014, pages 68-69

About Tony Matelli

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.”

American, b. 1971, Chicago, Illinois, based in New York, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Human Condition, John Wolf Art Advisory & Brokerage, Los Angeles
2016
Summer School, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York
2016
Fresh Cuts, Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton
2016
Wanderlust, High Line Art, New York
2015
MUTATED REALITY, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow
2014
OLAF BREUNING. TONY MATELLI. JOHN MILLER, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow