Matthew J Stone

The human condition—in its most common, every day forms—becomes remarkable when observed closely and without a desire to impose names.

A thing I found on a street in last night’s dream inspires me. Ebony keys, a purple heart, a woman’s comb and unaccountable bodily objects—in the morning—hang on the sunset of my recollection. What today is new and useful will, in time, be worn out and forgotten. Collected, they become like beasts form a primordial jungle. Alone they are artifacts from a future not yet grasped. They twist and rotate as they emerge into awareness and then fade away. So I think of my works as “future relics.”

I find ancient artifacts and architecture mysterious and compelling. They seem like mathematical proofs enshrined in a physical form but exhibit the decay of dystopia. These objects denote the power of silence and emptiness but vibrate with the absurdity of conflicting realities. They are worn with time but spontaneous in their appearance. If it were possible, would not a “theory of everything” be required to explain each of these any-day facts?

The tension between material and meaning vibrate in my work. I am inspired by the patterns of the natural world and the way nature itself embodies material and meaning. The surrender of all our creations to the forces of nature and time is inevitable, but I find comfort in the patterns of the natural world, even as they etch pathos into our accomplishments. So I create small monuments to a world that is behind or in-between moments: like a graph of a quantum particle, the jeweled feather of a bird, or a pagoda at dawn.

Art is my path to the sheer fact of existence and the wonder of its manifestations.

Education

Master of Fine Arts | 2010 | School of Visual Arts | New York

  • Major: Fine Arts

Post Bachelor | 2007 | Konstfack School of Art | Stockholm, Sweden

  • Adellab Department Corpus

Bachelor of Arts | 2003 | Massachusetts College of Art | Boston

  • Major: Sculpture

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2011

  • Residuum: curated by Kathy Grayson. The Hole: New York, NY

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2017

  • The Small Exceeds: curated by Michel Childish New Release Gallery, New York, NY

2016

  • Ryobi Room: curated by B. Thom Stevenson and Philip Ashly. Room 6, Brooklyn, NY
  • Cubit: curated by Erin Goldberger. New Release Gallery, New York, NY
  • Smile In The Dark: curated by Samuel T. Adams and Benjamin Edmonton. Left Field Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA

2014

  • Sabbatical: Four months in Southeast Asia; visiting religious sights, stupas, pagodas, caves and shrines in Myanmar, Laos, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand

2012

  • Black Foliage: Nudashank Galley. Curated by Matthew Craven, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Power Play: A Sculpture Park.  Bridgehampton, NY

Work Experience

  • 2010- present: Marilyn Minter Studio, New York, NY, painter, set design, fabrication
  • 2008-2010: Judy Pfaff Studio, Tivoli, NY; artist assistant, metal fabrication, and construction
  • 2003-2005: George Greenameyer, Boston, MA, welding and steel fabrication