Tony Matelli - Arrangement # 3, 2012

Tony Matelli

In his hyper-precise allegorical sculptures, renderings of object and human forms, Tony Matelli sets forth a platform of ambivalence. Inverting the implications of traditional sculptural materials, his work upends ideas of monumentality and places his subjects somewhere between immovable and weightless, the force of life and the downward pull of death. Matelli investigates the complexity of contemporary culture and calls into question societal mores so often taken for granted.

Tony Matelli was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1971. His work is included in numerous public collections including the Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook, MI; FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY; Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA; ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Copenhagen; National Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Fundacion La Caixa Madrid, Spain; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, and the Uppsala Museum, Uppsala, Sweden. Recent solo exhibitions have been presented at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Uppsala Konstmuseum, Uppsala, Sweden, and forthcoming projects include a mid-career survey at the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark in 2012. The artist lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.