Matt Wedel - "Head" Porcelain Sculpture

Matt Wedel - "Head" Porcelain Sculpture
Item# wedel10
$2,500.00

Product Description

"Head"
Porcelain Sculpture.
5 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 4".


Matt Wedel

My work is the exploration of thought. I am searching for clues through the images that I see, what consciousness is and what knowledge can be gained from its recording. The mind offers clues to itself and what it means to be human. My art practice ends up as a map of those clues, tools, reminders, or declarations of an attempt at understanding.

Much of my figurative work is rooted in an earlier exploration of historical sources, which as a young artist was a way to build an understanding of representation. The images quickly shifted from historical sources to internal images that I would see on walls, my floor or between things in my studio. Now they are everywhere that I look. The process then just becomes about looking. They have become more about rendering an image that is seen, rather than composing an image that is already known.

It is the idea that the narratives exist to record rather than compose. The known-ness of the thing then becomes a process of understanding rather than something that is understood.

The difference between the figurative work and my more organic plant forms is that the figures rarely shift away from the original vision or image and the plant forms change every time I look at them. The plant forms are about creating conditions which a form can unfold. The idea that a form or gesture can dictate the next action.

My practice is a philosophical conversations with myself while acting on these ideas. It is not really about sculpture but about a dialog surrounding the evolutionary function of dreams, projected images, and the ability to depict them. In its own way, it is a type of realism. It is a type of creation that attempts to eliminate the conditions which disrupt the act of looking, in order to find knowledge in the visions that populate our minds. What do we do with those visions? The creation of them is the attempt at declaring them as self and as a form of presence, i.e. the image is present on the floor or the image is present on the wall.

When our minds display arraignments of images, there is the sense that it is trying to remind us of something lost and something to be found.

In many ways, I am searching for the things that have been lost and things that have not been found. To me, the sacred is the performance of understanding in the world.

Biography
1983 Born in Palisade, CO
Lives and Works in Athens, OH

Education
2007 Master of Fine Arts, Ceramics, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
2005 Bachelor of Fine Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Solo Exhibitions
2022-23 Matt Wedel: Phenomenal Debris, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH, 5 November 2022 - 2 April 2023 (catalogue)
2019 Matt Wedel: On the Verge, Louisiana State University (LSU) Museum of Art; traveled to Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Wichita Falls, TX
2018-19 Everything is everything, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA, 14 November 2018 - 5 January 2019
2018-19 Matt Wedel, Skyroom, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2017 Matt Wedel, The Fields at Omi International Art Center, Ghent, NY
2017 Matt Wedel, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2016 Matt Wedel, Skyroom, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2015 Peaceable Fruit, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2015 Matt Wedel, Erskine, Hall & Coe, London, United Kingdom
2014 Portrait, Skyroom, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2014 Flower Tree, Skyroom, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2013 Sheep’s Head, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2012 Figure, Skyroom, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2010 Matt Wedel, Second Floor Marfa, Marfa, TX
2010 Child flower tree landscape, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2009 Matt Wedel, Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
2008 Matt Wedel: New Work, California State University, Long Beach, CA
2008 Polar bears, cat, and landscape, Space Craft Studio, San Diego, CA
2007 June in the fall, Werby / Gatov Gallery, California State University, Long Beach, CA
2007 Child, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
2007 La-vender tree, Space Craft Studio, San Diego, CA
2007 I’ve got wings on my mind, SCA Gallery, Pomona, CA
2005 My friend the orange guy, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL

Select Group Exhibitions
2022 Ex-tend Ex-cess, Center for the Arts Gallery, Towson University, Towson, MD, 26 August - 10 December 2022
2021 It Might Not Be Here When You Wake Up: Eleanor, Abner, and Matt Wedel, Trisolini Art Gallery, Baker University Center, Ohio University, Athens, OH, 2 November - 29 November 2021
2021 Environmental Reflections: Contemporary Art from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, 1 September - 5 December 2021
2021 Magic Dance, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA, 9 March - 1 May 2021
2021 Earth Transformed: Ceramic Artists Invitational, Rosewood Gallery, Kettering, OH, 1 March - 2 April 2021
2021 A Mark Extended, Wasserman Projects, Detroit, MI, 26 February - 17 April 2021
2020-21 45 at 45: L.A. Louver Celebrates 45 Years with 45 Artists, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA, 20 October 2020 - 16 January 2021
2019 Particle and Wave: PaperClay Illuminated, Arizona State University Art Museum, Ceramics Research Center, Tempe, AZ, 22 June - 21 September 2019; traveled to Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO 12 Oct - 15 Dec 2019; Nora Eccles Museum of Art, Logan, UT 25 January - 2 May 2020; Hold - Redline Gallery, Denver, CO May - August, 2020; The Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA 8 Sep 2020 - 15 April 2021; Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT 1 May - 30 July 2021; Boise Art Museum, Boise, Idaho 15 Aug - 13 Oct 2021
2019 Ceramic Momentum, CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art, Middelfart, Denmark, 10 May – 3 November 2019
2019 Group Show, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA, 1 May - 8 June 2019
2019 Small Works, Great Artists, Erskine, Hall & Coe, London, UK, 26 February - 21 March 2019
2018-19 The Incongruous Body, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA, 11 August 2018 - 20 January 2019
2018-19 Melting Point: Movements in Contemporary Clay, CAFAM, Los Angeles, CA, 28 January -6 May 2018
2018-19 Evolver, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2017 On the Road: American Abstraction, David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI
2017 C’est le Bouquet! Quand les Fleurs Inspirent la Céramique, Fondation d’Enterprise Bernardaud, Limoges, France
2016 Fired Up: Monumental Clay, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA
2016 LA Today, curated by Carl Schlosberg, Royale Projects, Los Angeles, CA
2016 Contemporary Ceramics, Lincoln Center for the Performing and Visual Arts, Fort Collins, CO
2016 Visiting Artist Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
2015 Abstraction, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2015 Colors Defined, Cohen Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred, NY
2015 Century City Sculpture 2015, organized by the Sculpture Committee of the Century City Chamber of Commerce Arts Council and the Century City Arts & Culture Foundation, The Hines Property, Los Angeles, CA
2015 Summer Exhibition, Erskine, Hall & Coe, London, United Kingdom
2015 Environmental Impact: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA
2013 Lost Horizon: Landscape by Other Means: Works from the Permanent Collection, Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
2013 Group Show, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2013 Elemental: Of the Earth, The Stuart Haaga Gallery at Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge, CA
2013 Muck: Accumulations, Accretions, and Conglomorations, curated by Peter Held, Arizona State University Museum, Tempe, AZ
2012 Stone Gravy, curated by David Pagel, Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York, NY
2012 Art 43 Basel, L.A. Louver, Basel, Switzerland
2011 Loose Canon, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2011 Art 42 Basel, L.A. Louver, Basel, Switzerland
2011 Group Show, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2011 Elements of Nature: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation, Brevard Art Museum, Melbourne, FL
2011 Pieceable Kingdom, Beacon Arts Building, Los Angeles, CA
2011 67th Scripps Annual, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Claremont, CA
2010 Salon 5, Marine, Santa Monica, CA
2009 Group Show, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2009 A View from the Atlantic, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
2009 Rogue Wave, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
2008 Lingua Franca, Ellis Armory, Pittsburgh, PA
2008 GSE, 301 Pine Gallery, Long Beach, CA
2008 Projection, Salon Oblique, Venice, CA
2007 Art Auction 12, Long Beach Museum of Art, CA
2007 Underworld, Salon Oblique, Venice, CA
2007 Meltdown, Salon Oblique, Venice, CA
2007 Insights, University Art Museum, Long Beach, CA
2007 Fully Studded, Salon Oblique, Venice, CA
2007 The Evva S. Vale Memorial Exhibition, The Barbara and Ray Alpert Jewish Community Center, Long Beach, CA
2007 LA’s Insurgents, San Oblique, Venice, CA
2006 Wondergems, Loyd Dobler Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006 Insights, University Art Museum, Long Beach, CA
2006 Enigma...Healing...Revelation, Union Art Space, Santa Ana, CA

Selected Talks and Lectures
2020 Artist Lecture, University of Notre Dame, Department of Art, Art History & Design, Notre Dame, IN, February 26
2019 Artist Talk: On The Verge, Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Wichita Falls, TX, October 24
2019 Workshop and Artist Lecture, Anderson Ranch, Aspen, CO, June 24 - July 6
2019 Symposium: Ceramic Momentum - Staging the Object, CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art, Middelfart, Denmark, May 10
2019 Artist Talk, opening of Matt Wedel: On the Verge, LSU Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, LA, April 4
2019 5th Annual Florida Heat Surface Workshop, Morean Center for Clay, Saint Petersburg, FL, February 7
2019 Windgate Visiting Artist Lecture, Arizona State University, Tempeh, AZ, January 24
2019 Artist Talk, Cleveland Institute of Art, Peter B Lewis Theater, Cleveland, OH, January 17

Teaching
2019 Clay Sculpture: large-scale systems, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
2019 Visiting Artist, Louisiana State University (LSU) Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, LA
2012 Invited Artist, International Sculpture Intensive, Long Beach, CA
2011 Adjunct Faculty, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
2010 Adjunct Faculty, Rhode island School of Design, Providence, RI
2008-09 Assistant Professor of Ceramics, Nova Scotia College of Design, Halifax, NS, Canada
2007-08 Adjunct Faculty, California State University, Long Beach, CA
2007 Invited Artist, International Sculpture Intensive, Long Beach, CA

Collections
Clay Museum of Ceramic Art, Middelfart, Denmark
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Community Hospital, Pediatric Wing, Grand Junction, CO
Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
Louisiana State University Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, LA
Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada


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