Friday, June 10, 2011
Matt King, Continental Drift @ LDSoA
Having gotten a sneak peak yesterday during its installation, I can assure you that this show should not be missed. I met Matt King at this year’s CAA conference in NYC. After finding out he was having an exhibition at our own Lamar Dodd School of Art’s Gallery 307 this summer, I checked out his website (http://mattkingstudio.com/) and was immediately impressed with his work. Matt is Assistant Professor of Art Foundation and Sculpture + Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University. In his artist statement, he posed the question “might sculpture establish an alternative encounter with the same objects and images, to destabilize what is familiar and create an experience that is similarly abundant and strange?” From what I’ve seen, the answer is a resounding “yes,” and I would add that it can be visually and intellectually engaging while doing so. Matt has also been gracious enough to donate one of his works to the museum, the three-dimensional print “Take a Number,” an edition he made to give as gifts to people who helped him in his career.
Take a Number, 2010
Screenprint and laser on paper