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Tony Matelli

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 subjective self-portrait. A romanticism built with hyperrealism.

Matelli's Weeds have a menacing presence within the gallery space, a space specifically designed to be empty of context and essentially invisible. Growing between the cracks and in the holes of modern society, they are social signifiers of abandonment and neglect. Matelli crafts the weeds in bronze. Each a unique statement. They pose a question for the viewer as well as an experience.

Tony Matelli was born in Chicago in 1971 and currently works and lives in New York, NY.  





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Arrangement, 2012
Tony Matelli
painted bronze on wooden pedestal, 14 x 14 x 64 inches







Butt Sex, 2012
Tony Matelli
urethane on mirror, 60 x 36 inches







Hand, 2012
Tony Matelli
urethane on mirror, 60 x 48 inches







Spray Room Wall 2, 2012
Tony Matelli
acrylic on canvas, 88 x 68 inches







Swirl 2, 2012
Tony Matelli
urethane on mirror, 36 x 24 inches







Untitled, 2012
Tony Matelli
painted bronze, 14 x 10 x 59 inches








Untitled, 2012
Tony Matelli
painted bronze, 23.3 x 20 x 70 1/2 inches







West Wall #5, 2012
Tony Matelli
acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36 inches







Fuck it, Free Yourself
Tony Matelli







Hand 2, 2012
Tony Matelli
urethane on mirror, 36 x 24 inches







Weeds
Tony Matelli
painted bronze







Weed
Tony Matelli
painted bronze







Yesterday
Tony Matelli
painted bronze