Tony Matelli, ‘Warrior’, 2019, Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper, Collage on paper, pencil, paint, Public Art Fund Benefit Auction
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Tony Matelli

Warrior, 2019

Collage on paper, pencil, paint
17 × 14 in
43.2 × 35.6 cm
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Public Art Fund Benefit Auction

Tony Matelli's work is a well-crafted play of illusions. His practice grapples with ideas that …

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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, ‘Warrior’, 2019, Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper, Collage on paper, pencil, paint, Public Art Fund Benefit Auction
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Tony Matelli's work is a well-crafted play of illusions. His practice grapples with ideas that range from a stylized romanticism, which delves into personal destruction and reinvention, to the negation of consumer society. Matelli's pieces are memorable because they solicit a wonderful reaction of humor, …

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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

Warrior, 2019

Collage on paper, pencil, paint
17 × 14 in
43.2 × 35.6 cm
.
Bidding closed
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