LA Louver: Matt Wedel "Everything is Everything"
Name: LA Louver: Matt Wedel "Everything is Everything"
Date: November 14, 2018 - January 5, 2019
“Dealing with culture in the context of nature and landscape, these newer works are an extension of exploring paint as sculpture, as well as sculptural action. As these parameters collapse, you enter this way of thinking: ‘Everything is painting, and at the same time, everything is an act of sculpting.’” – Matt Wedel
Wedel’s subjects suggest the natural world and classical figuration through representations of flowers, trees, landscapes and portrait heads. In a sequence of modestly-scaled Flower tree sculptures, the artist begins the table top forms by creating multi-leaved plants in monochrome white porcelain. Atop these structures Wedel daubs vibrantly colored abstract swaths of porcelain, like heavily impastoed paint. As if captured in suspended motion, the color configurations appear freshly bestowed, partially obscuring the meticulously articulated petals that lie beneath.
Wedel uses a similar technique to address a series of small Portrait sculptures, each proportioned to that of a human head. Indistinct facial features are evinced through the smudged application of vividly pigmented porcelain on foundations of the same material. Impressionistic and reductive, each smear of color is measured and deliberate, as if striving for identity and recognition.
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Matt Wedel's Bio:
1983 Born, Palisade, CO
Lives and works in Athens, OH
2007 Masters of Fine Art, Ceramics California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
2005 Bachelor of Fine Arts The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL