November 1 – December 10, 2011
Opening November 1, 6-9PM
The Hole is pleased to announce the first New York City solo exhibition by sculptor Matt Stone. Matt has created a suite of sculptures for our rear gallery that feature formal geometries explored with flamboyant materials.
The exhibition features nine small wall works comprised of polyurethane foam, spandex, resin and pins. These studies are isolated specimens from his overflowing biospheres in the larger pieces, fragments flung of from his larger work, Seed Crystal. Furnace is the central sculpture in the room featuring three fifteen-foot steel and plexi beams overflowing with colored foam and resin. These components are spun into a whirled tripod making a quartz-like, exotic cluster.
The large group of leaning, elongated triangular tubes in the rear of the gallery is a nod to spiritual minimalist John McCracken and is titled Prism. The multi-material filled tubes contain frozen gestures, spills and drips; and, like an ant farm, embody contained chaotic activity and emergent order.
Matt Stone’s works open up new seams of valuable deposits, as he takes core samples from an as yet unexplored material universe. He nurtures each work like an exotic garden, letting each material iterate into a fantastic and flamboyant new form.
Working previously as an assistant to Judy Pfaff and currently assisting Marilyn Minter– two very differently glamorous artists– Matt developed an interest in ways to make the formal fabulous. Planar cuts of foam-filled wood and tenuous geometric wire forms are the beginning of the party he starts with color and texture.
Matt graduated from SVA with a masters in sculpture in 2010. His first solo exhibition was at Like the Spice gallery in Brooklyn this summer.