23.09 — 28.12.2009The IdiotOne Man ShowTony Matelli

Tony Matelli’s vividly hyper-realistic works often reveal the viewer only a half-told story. Discovered in unnatural positions or out-of-place, these objects make us feel the witnesses to recent, unforeseen scenes. Whether it is the memories of an unknown drama or an accidentally forgotten object, we can always assume the beginning and the end of its story.

Conceived as an outdoor object, ‘The Idiot’ is a bronze sculpture in the form of an old ‘Budweiser’ beer box mounted on the wall. Accidently left by someone or forgotten after a party night – that’s for the viewer to decide. The two holes made in the ‘face’ of the sculpture turned it into a birdhouse. Reinforcing the absurdity and irrelevance of the sculpture’s location, the birds live in the bronze box. They freely fly inside and move around in the gallery space.

‘F#ck it, free yourself!’ – represents a rejection of established and imposed material values. Made of porcelain and steel, two hundred-dollar bills burn continuously on the table, embodying the symbol of rebellion against the consumer society. Not absorbed by the flames of the fire, these bills at the same time reflect the power and immortality of such society on the scale of individual protest. 

The “Weed” sculptures is an ongoing series of unique works made of handpainted bronze.

“The weed is a triumph and a failure at the same time. Weeds persevere; you can’t kill them. They are a celebration of unwantedness. They are waste and life at the same time” – Tony Matelli.

The hyperrealistic bronze weeds ‘overgrow’ the Gallery, undoing their white box environment.

That’s how the ‘Idiot’ transforms the space. It is no longer a gallery room or an improvised, or abandoned place, but a new space of interaction between disparate things.

23.09 — 28.12.2009The IdiotOne Man ShowTony Matelli

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