Tony MatelliTony 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.
Exhibitions:Press:Down, but not out: Tony Matelli at the Green Gallery East - Third Coast Digest
Yesterday @ The Green Gallery East - Proximity Magazine
Selected Works:Arrangement, 2012Tony Matellipainted bronze on wooden pedestal, 14 x 14 x 64 inchesButt Sex, 2012Tony Matelliurethane on mirror, 60 x 36 inchesHand, 2012Tony Matelliurethane on mirror, 60 x 48 inchesSpray Room Wall 2, 2012Tony Matelliacrylic on canvas, 88 x 68 inchesSwirl 2, 2012Tony Matelliurethane on mirror, 36 x 24 inchesUntitled, 2012Tony Matellipainted bronze, 14 x 10 x 59 inchesUntitled, 2012Tony Matellipainted bronze, 23.3 x 20 x 70 1/2 inchesWest Wall #5, 2012Tony Matelliacrylic on canvas, 48 x 36 inchesFuck it, Free YourselfTony MatelliHand 2, 2012Tony Matelliurethane on mirror, 36 x 24 inchesWeedsTony Matellipainted bronzeWeedTony Matellipainted bronzeYesterdayTony Matellipainted bronze