Matthew Taber

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Artist Statement

I want to make apparent the ways that objects and architecture are designed to mediate experience. Spaces like the movie theater, grocery store or bar are aesthetically encoded and require participation and physical interaction. By manipulating the language of commercial space my goal is to reveal systems that serve to orient all things. These systems confuse perceived space with computational space – consumptive modes with social habitus.

In a recent installation entitled 9 Rooms, I made a network of 9 small spaces that formed a 3×3 grid. Each room represented a different type of social environment and contained a range of objects and video works. Through the four separate entry points to the installation, viewers determined their own path through the space and thereby their own experience of the works.

Physical architecture is developing toward the architectonics of a human-user-interface. Representing familiar spaces, my work imagines our material landscape through the conditions of a networked environment. I try to act as an accumulator collecting consumer goods, detritus, and cultural vernacular to form architectural collage. I reproduce icons of cinema, pop culture and contemporary art through genre and pastiche.   Objects are in a constant state of fluctuation – so too are the contexts that define those objects. My installations work to locate the modes (personal, political, technological, ontological) that characterize our conditional environment.   These modalities can be found through an investigation of desire. My process begins with questions:

What do I want? What do you want? Do I want what I want because I want you to want me? Why do we want what we want? Where do I want what I want? Is where I want what I want the reason for wanting what I want?…

What we want exists as a product of its aggregated context. Using objects of entertainment and pleasurability, I impose metanarrative to the aggregates that control social and infrapersonal desire. My goal is to produce social sculptures that work toward activating our relationship to our surroundings. By confusing the authentic and the inauthentic I create a space for ontological vertigo. Disorientation forces us to reconstruct the physical and metaphysical – the material and the immaterial. My hope in producing alternative modes for understanding desire and context is to reactivate our relationship toward objects and space.

 

CV

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EDUCATION

2014   MFA – Columbia University, School of the Arts, New York
2012   Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
2011   BFA – School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2011

Wall in the Hole, Autumn Space Gallery, Chicago IL

THE MACHINE OR THE CONCRETE MASS OF NEGATION AS        

THE DREAM OF A PRODUCT THAT EXISTS ACCORDING TO

THE STATUTE OF THE THING, with Sophie Marie Hammer, Alte Saline, Hallein, Austria

Distribution, Studio 1020, 1020 Marshfield, Chicago IL

2010

Portrait, Studio 1020, 1020 Marshfield, Chicago IL

2009

Studio, Studio 1020, 1020 Marshfield, Chicago IL

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015

Kingston Sculpture Biennial, curated by Bennett Wine, Kingston, NY

Beverly’s at the Skowhegan Annual Awards Dinner, New York, NY

2014

Columbia University MFA Thesis Show, Fischer Landau Center for Contemporary Art, Long Island City, Queens, NY

Networking Tips for Shy People, 200 Livingston Street, Brooklyn NY

Pyramid Scheme, 204 25th Street, Brooklyn NY

2013

Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Curated by the Brooklyn Rail,

Industry City, 220 36th St., Brooklyn, NY

Ora Serrata: The Boundary Between the Retina and the Ciliary Body, 461 W 126, New York, NY

Gramsci Monument, A work in Public Space by Thomas Hirschorn, Bronx, NY

Ball and Cone, Curated by Ken Johnson, Beverly’s, New York, NY

Silhouettes, Fort Hamilton, 3021 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn, NY

Devil’s Tower Camp, Beverly’s, 21 Essex Street, New York, NY

After a Pause, It Continued, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY

Autumn Space Benefit, Autumn Space, Chicago, IL

The More Is More, Hauser Gallery, Chicago, IL

2012

O Fortuna, Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany

O Fortuna, 26 Leroy Street, New York, NY

Nite Slutz, A Bar Curated by John Walter, Skowhegan, ME

Paper View, Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, NY

Zeichen Klub Münster (ZKM), FB69, Münster, Germany

Stowage, Gallery Alcatrez, Alte Saline, Hallein, Austria

2011

8 1/2″ x 11″, Studio 1020, 1020 Marshfield, Chicago IL

SAIC BFA Show, Sullivan Gallery, 33 S State St, Chicago IL

2010

High Seasonal Review, Studio 1020, 1020 Marshfield, Chicago

Contextual, Studio 1020, 1020 Marshfield, Chicago IL
2009

Grid, Studio 1020, 1020 Marshfield, Chicago IL

Nippon Steel U.S.A., Inc. Presidential Awards Exhibition, Chicago, IL

White on White, Studio 1020, 1020 Marshfield, Chicago IL

Hyde Park Community Exhibition, Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago, IL

Spring for the Arts, Scituate Arts Center, Scituate MA

Response, Southern Graphics Conference, Chicago IL

Fresh Prints, Southern Graphics Conference, Chicago IL

2008

Ki Art, Flatiron Gallery, Chicago IL

Artbash, 280 S Columbus, Chicago IL

MOSAIC, 162 N State St, Chicago IL

AWADS AND RESIDENCIES

2013

The Fallen Tower, Intensive Residency with Matthew Ritchie, Detroit, MI

2012

Leroy Neiman Fellowship, Columbia University, New York, NY

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

2011

Internationale Sommeracademie, Salzburg Austria

Austrian American Prize for Fine Art, Austrian American Foundation

2009

Nippon Steel U.S.A., Inc. Presidential Award, Chicago IL