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Tony Matelli: Abandon

Sep 17 - Mar 10 2000

UB Art Gallery

In Abandon, the artist’s first site-specific installation created for the Lightwell Gallery, Matelli uses weeds to explore metaphor and meaning. The project is deceptively simple, playful, and elegant in its subtlety. Weeds are a particularly apt vehicle for Matelli, since their truth is metaphorical, and derives from relations vested in culture rather than in nature. Matelli is known for work that pushes boundaries: of convention, content and taste, meaning and material.

Matelli holds a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and received a MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan in 1995. The artist resides in New York City.

Curated by Lisa Fischman.