Matt Siegle

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Artist Statement

My art practice explores the margins of human experience vis-à-vis our own bodies, the earth, and technology. In painting and drawing, I am compelled by figures at the fringe of society, particularly groups linked to queer histories. My interest is to relate a contemporary body to the history of representation in American art-making. With objects, I am proposing a relationship between a viewer’s body and everyday domestic items, shelter, and tools. These sculptures imagine the possibility of escape. My performance investigates the frontier of inner being, looking towards the origins of American enlightenment and self-betterment. I am curious about these values reborn in post-war narcissism and the current digital sphere.

Project Descriptions:

Eddie’s Gulch

Inspired by Manifest-era outsider cultures, specifically Transcendentalist communal living experiments and the mining cultures of the Yukon frontier. These paintings and sculptures look towards a contemporary, dusty, off-the-grid mining community in the San Gabriel Mountains. A back-to-earth narrative is imagined through a fictitious relationship with Eddie.

The Human Potential Movement

A performance occurring for three hours, Monday – Friday evenings, in small groups. I control my computer to read 16 different texts on self-realization, both newly written and historic. Meanwhile I light and finger-snuff a candle, to the 45-second interval of an electronic meditation timer. The texts explore a mental body in possession of an enlightened past, an erotically-realized present, and a self-improved future. The loop of speech lasts 40 minutes. Viewers are invited to come and go as they please.


Born 1980. Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA


MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Art

BA, Dartmouth College, Studio Art and Biology-Genetics

Selected Exhibitions

Eddie’s Gulch, Park View, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Cowboy Poems, Kunsthal 44 Møen, Denmark
Pineapple in a Stocking, metro pcs, Los Angeles, CA

The Human Potential Movement, Park View, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
The Human Potential Movement, YEARS, Copenhagen, Denmark (solo)
Hollywood Forever, SIA Gallery, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, United Kingdom

Hall of Flowers, Anthony Greaney, Boston, MA (solo)
4 Fragments, The Bindery Projects, Minneapolis, MN
Move In Again, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA
Dressed In Gray, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Move In, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA
The Black Box, as part of the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival, Los Angeles, CA
Eternal Talk-athon, Pomona College Museum of Art, Pomona, CA
Storefront Plaza, Machine Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Opening Reception, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA

Unit/Constellation, Dan Graham Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (dual)
Loop, NADA Hudson, Hudson, NY (solo project)
So, Sangfroid, Pieter, Los Angeles, CA
The Los Angeles Initiative, Rema Hort Mann Foundation at Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA (selected by Thomas Lawson)
The Eternal Telethon, Woodbury University, Los Angeles, CA
You Are Free, Landslide, Los Angeles, CA
Cognitive Dissonance, Anthony Greaney x Samsøn x Dan Graham at Cottage Home, Los Angeles, CA

feeling Feelings, Compact/Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Queer Territory, Sea and Space Explorations, Los Angeles, CA
Dear Diary: Leslie Dick is Not at Home, Home of Leslie Dick, Los Angeles, CA

1995, D300 Gallery, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Valencia, CA (solo)
Feldstärke International, PACT Zollverein, Essen, Germany; traveled to CENTQUATRE, Paris, France, CalArts, Valencia CA
Greetings from Fake Iraq, Angels Gate Art Center, Los Angeles, CA
Why Theory, Spring Arts Tower, Los Angeles, CA (cur. Rita Gonzalez)
Do The Birds Know It’s Bad?, 29025 Eveningside Drive, Val Verde, CA (cur. Travis Diehl)

Curated Projects

metro pcs ( is a non-commercial artist project gallery, opened and co-run by Ian James and Matt Siegle. We are located in the Chinatown district of Los Angeles. metro pcs has exhibited over 30 artists, and received press from ArtForum, Flash Art, the New York Times, LA Weekly, Hyperallergic, Curbed, San Francisco Art Quarterly, and ForYourArt.

Pineapple in a Stocking, metro pcs, Los Angeles, CA
A series of week-long experimental performance residencies

The Blue Shanty, Los Angeles, CA
A month long exhibition series in a vacant home in Cypress Park, Los Angeles

The First Thing, Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA


2014, 2015
International Research Program (Visual Arts), Danish Arts Foundation

YoYoYo Artist Project Fund, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, NY

Dean’s Grant, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Wolfenden Fine Arts Prize, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Published Writing

“Prison of Reality.” Prism of Reality for The Brooklyn Rail (December 2015). Forthcoming.
“In the Pines.” If The Head Fits Wear It: Grateful Dead and Contemporary Art (2015). Forthcoming print.
“Brimmers.” Ich bin ein Junge, no. 4 (April 2014). (feature)

“Curiosity: What’s Inside the Cube?” Prism of Reality 2 (2013): 93-95. Print

“Doubtful Motion: Gesture in Performance.” Prism of Reality 1 (2012): 21-30. Print.(feature)

“Fallen Fruit, United Fruit: Fallen Fruit Collective at Los Angeles Contemporary
Exhibitions.” Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 20.1 (2010). Print, published Routledge, Taylore & Francis, UK. (review)


Diehl, Travis. “Ascending A Little: Matt Siegle, The Human Potential Movement at Park
View.” X-TRA, Vol. 17 Number 3, Spring 2015: 73-85. Print (reproduction)
Preston Zappas, Lindsay. “Matt Siegle at Park View.” Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles, Summer 2015: 64. Print (reproduction)
Eler, Alicia. “Mining the San Gabriel Mountains’ Golden Past.” KCET Artbound. KCET Los Angeles, 11 June 2015. Web.
“Matt Siegle at Park View.” Art Viewer. Art Viewer, 29 June 2015. Web.
Ventura, Anya. “Matt Siegle at Park View Gallery.” Temporary Art Review. Temporary Art Review, 19 June 2015. Web.
Miranda, Carolina. “Experimental shoes, art by vets, stories about immigration.” LA Times
Datebook. Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2015. Web.

Art Feature for Los Angeles Review of Books. Los Angeles Review of Books Winter 2014: 53, 106. Print (reproduction)
Cheh, Carol. “Matt Siegle, The Human Potential Movement, Park View, August 11-15, 2014: Interview with the Artist.” Another Righteous Transfer. N. p., 5 September 2014 Web.
Miranda, Carolina. “L.A. apartment gallery Park View bucks trend of big by going small.” Los Angeles Times, November 14, 2014. Web.
“Matt Siegle: The Human Potential Movement.” Glasstire, August 4, 2014. Web.
Ryzik, Melena. “Art Is a Splash, Grand and Tiny, in Miami.” The New York Times, December 5, 2014. Print and web. (metro pcs)
Kado, Steven. “Critics Pick.”, May 21, 2014. Web. (metro pcs)
Cheh, Carol. “Spaces in Between: 9 New Alternative Art Spaces in L.A. to Check Out Now.” LA Weekly 7-13 Mar. 2014: 27-28. Print and web. (metro pcs)

Locke, Steve. “My Top 10 of 2013 (with Full Disclosures).” art and everything after. N. p., 31 Dec. 2013. Web.
Diehl, Travis. “Lust for Cassady.” Exhibition publication for Hall of Flowers. Boston: Anthony Greaney, 2013. Print and web.

Cheh, Carol. “Word is a Virus | New Releases in Artist-Run Journals: MATERIAL and Prism of Reality.” Art:21 blog. Art:21, 15 Oct. 2012. Web.
Lowman, Hailey. “Human Resources with Kathleen and Eric Kim.” San Francisco Art Quarterly Issue 11 Nov-Jan. 2012-13: 112-113. Print (reproduction)

Harper, David. “Report from NADA Hudson: The Historic Venue Phish Show of Art Fairs.” Art F City. Art F City, 2 Aug. 2011. Web
Miller, Michael. “NADA Hudson Sent the Art World Up the River.” The New York. Observer. The New York Observer, 2 Aug. 2011. Web

McCrory, Meghann. “feelingFeelings: On (re)Framing Affect.” Exhibition publication for feeling Feelings. Los Angeles: Compact/Space Gallery, 2010. Print.
Tuck, Geoff. “Notes on Looking, April 15, 2010.” Notes on Looking. N. p., 15 April 2010. Web.
Tuck, Geoff. “Notes on Looking, April 1, 2010.” Notes on Looking. N. p., 1 April 2010.Web.
Tuck, Geoff. “Notes on Looking, March 25, 2010.” Notes on Looking. N. p., 25 March 2010. Web.

Why Theory (exhibition catalog). Valencia: California Institute of the Arts, 2009. Print.
Feldstärke International 09 (exhibition catalog). Paris: Le CENTQUATRE, 2009. Print.
Feldstärke International 09 Edition 2 (exhibition catalog). Essen: PACT Zollverein, 2009. Print.
Heckscher, Melissa. “Exhibit documents art students’ take on realities of war.” Pasadena Star News September 4, 2009. Print.
Little, Darrin. “Welcome To Fake Iraq.” Artillery Magazine, Vol. 4 Issue 2,
November/December 2009: p. 49. Print. (reproduction)