Tony Matelli, ‘Sleepwalker’, 2014, Installation, High Line Art
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Tony Matelli

Sleepwalker, 2014

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New York
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High Line Art
New York

Part of Wanderlust, a High Line Commission. On view April 2016 – March 2017.

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Photo by Timothy Schenck. Courtesy of Friends of the High Line.
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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High Line Art
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Part of Wanderlust, a High Line Commission. On view April 2016 – March 2017.

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Image rights
Photo by Timothy Schenck. Courtesy of Friends of the High Line.
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

Sleepwalker, 2014

Location
New York
Other works from Wanderlust