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Matthew Weseley

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IMAGE DESCRIPTION : 1. - ‘The Wanderer‘, acrylic, decals and glitter on board, 16 x 16 inches. 2. - 'Hollywood,' acrylic, glitter and decals on board, 10 x 8 inches. 3. - ‘Satan Learns to Use a Laptop‘, acrylic and glitter on board with fabric frame, 29 x 24 inches. 4. - ‘Under a Cloud," mixed media.
1. The Wanderer
1. The Wanderer
2. Hollywood
2. Hollywood
3. Satan Learns to Use a Laptop
3. Satan Learns to Use a Laptop
Art is the magic in my life. A work of art is an event and I wish that I felt the impulse to make things more often. I hope that my work reflects my personality: that it’s exuberant and sharp, and that it has a wicked sense of humor. The artists whose work I love best have probably influenced me the most, and they’re too numerous to mention. Though I have an intense aversion to academic categories, my work might be characterized as ‘Really Bad Painting’ or ‘Son of Funk‘! Art is not about theories, or even words and ideas: it’s beyond theories, words or ideas. Consider the Easter Island Heads: can one imagine what a docent might say to explain them, or a dealer to sell them? A historian might describe how they were made or their social purpose, but it would be impossible to explain the uncanny effect that they have on a viewer. A work of art has power: it’s irresistible.
Exhibits: Terrible Toy Fair III, CBGB, NYC, 2006; Circus Surreal, Micromuseum, Brooklyn, 2006; 30th Annual Small Works Show, 80 Washington Square East Gallery, NYU, 2007; Free For All, Space Gallery, Portland, Maine, 2007; The Grid, Milepost 5, Portland, Oregon, 2009; Home, ARC Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, 2016
4. Under a Cloud
4. Under a Cloud

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