Working in a variety of sculptural techniques and materials, his [Matelli’s] oeuvre displays an uncanny fusion of conceptual clarity and technical expertise, clearly evident in pieces best described as "anti-monuments." Mixing the classical and impactful appearance of stone or marble Roman/Greek sculptures, along with unexpected, mind-bogglingly realistic bronze additions, Matelli creates a glitch in the art matrix that plays with universally accepted rules or conventions. Sasha Bogojev, “Tony Matelli’s Anti-Monuments In His Latest Solo Exhibition,” Juxtapoz Art & Culture, February 20, 2019
Artist Tony Matelli is recognized for a deft sense of the uncanny in his disquieting, comical, and provocative sculptures that incorporate elements of life out of context, challenging the expectations of viewers. Frequently focusing on themes of time, ambivalence, banality, and wonder, Matelli has stated, “I like sculpture because it’s unwieldy, and there is a resistance to decoration in sculpture that I like. . . . Genres are at the service of ideas, not the other way around.” For Tuesday Evenings, Matelli presents the development of his work, from early influences and the importance of representation, figuration, and narrative to the increasing significance of abstraction and distance.
Tony Matelli’s work is in numerous public collections, from the FLAG Art Foundation, New York, to the Bergen Kunstmuseum, Norway. A mid-career survey, Tony Matelli: A Human Echo, premiered at the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark, in 2012 and traveled to the Bergen Kunstmuseum in 2013. The artist lives and works in Brooklyn and is represented by Marlborough Chelsea, New York.
Image credit: Tony Matelli, Head. Courtesy of the Artist