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Matt Sears
Brooklyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: Encompassing photography and sculpture my work seeks to create a displacement of the commonplace, to wrest the familiar in order to perceive things anew in the service of broader themes. I aim to transform everyday objects (such as furniture, tools, mirrors, flowers, etc.) into a palpable and tactile device to address issues simultaneously personal and political. A pervading sense of loss and referrals to mortality and the limits of memory coincide with gestures alluding to the dangers of climate change, the consequences of ignorance, and the tempestuous state of our current socio-political landscape. This collection of gestures serves as a reminder to the viewer of the larger realities at work behind and beyond the mundane source of these objects and demands a certain diligence towards an awareness of ourselves, our environment, and our actions within it.
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  • Bigly
    2016
    Bleached flag and spray tan hung from matches
    36" x 60"

  • The Air Is Sour (Tillerson's Toast)
    2017
    Wine glass filled with Texas crude oil, glass circle, antique matchbox filled with cement, charred oak base, and antique Russian nesting dolls
    24" x 24" x 48"

  • The Air Is Sour (Tillerson's Toast)

  • A Certain Repetition
    2017
    Antique teacher's bell filled with cement, sledge hammer, charred wood, and crushed flower
    24" x 12" x 36"

  • A Certain Repetition

  • Fever Dream
    2017
    Hole punched in wall on election night encased in plaster, two way mirror in charred oak frame, blackened steel lantern with two way mirror glass pane
    36" x 48" x 48"

  • Fever Dream

  • Fever Dream
 








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