Approved: 22.04.2012

Matt Gee

Artist, Maker, Arts administrator, Writer, Technician, Gallery educator

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Approved: 22.04.2012

Matt Gee examines a fascination for the elements within society's demanding modern materialistic culture and the sensory routes of this decadent desire. Pairing artificial and natural in paradox within the work, Gee heightens curiosity to question our understanding of and relationship with severe global environmental issues including pollution and contamination.
Applying this dichotomy of

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Curating, Studio practice
  • Categories: Curatorial, Project, Drawing, Film & Video, Installation, Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture
  • Tags: sculpture, mixed media, collaboration, science, fine art, natural, artificial, crystals, curiosity, pollution
 
 
 
 

Biography

Matt Gee examines a fascination for the elements within society's demanding modern materialistic culture and the sensory routes of this decadent desire. Pairing artificial and natural in paradox within the work, Gee heightens curiosity to question our understanding of and relationship with severe global environmental issues including pollution and contamination.
Applying this dichotomy of synthetic vs. authentic to methods of imitation, replication and manipulation, and finally elevating this with recognised methods of display; objects become realised for their inherent disparate aesthetic qualities, technologies and physicality. Photographs of naturally occurring processes, and seductive textures confronting organic form with manmade properties influence the work as well as human behaviour and relationship to them.

Bending, melting, tearing and crushing become polite processes to combine incongruous objects, seamlessly unified with geometric alignments, and associations of colour and form. A language of neon perspex and washed up seashells appear as a binding construct and note to 'endurance' through the work. Crystals are also a key composite. Naturally evolving in irregular patterns, Gee cultivates their growth on surfaces to replicate familiar human illustrations as a comment on particular geopolitical affairs.

The resultant compositions are uncomfortable and jarring, yet symmetrically pleasing exotic treasures. Addressing the uncanny perception of material with a truthful articulation, the work diagnoses our current object-based obsessions, directing them intimately closer and simultaneously more distant under inspection.

CV & Education

 

Education 

2010-2012 Wimbledon College of Art- MA Fine Art
2007-2010 Norwich University of the Arts, UK- BA Fine Art- (2.1)
2006-2007 Farnham University of the Creative Arts, UK- Art Foundation- (Distinction)

 

Solo Exhibitions

2015

Natural Simulations, Husk Gallery, London

 

Group Exhibitions

2015

Uprooted, Redlees Gallery, London

Pop Living, Schwartz Gallery, London

 

 

 

 

2014

SYNTHESIS CUTS :: Matt Gee/ Halina Rice (A-V Collaboration), Art Lacuna, London
Passion for Freedom, Embassy Tea Gallery, London
The Artfordable Fair, 13 The Gallery, London
Trispace Print Fair, Trispace Gallery, The Biscuit Factory, London
Stick em up, Husk, London
POST CANVAS ASSEMBLY (Curated by Matt Gee), Function Gallery (The Miller), London


2013

OPEN 2013, Peckham Space, London
Novelty, Asylum, London
Recovery, City Arts, Nottingham
Moving up, Galerie Vernon, Prague
Art Lacuna Prize, Art Lacuna, London
Not a Drop, 47-49 Tanner Street, London
Weather, Team Titanic Gallery, Berlin
Cartographies, The Crypt- St Martins in the Fields, London
Hot One Hundred, Schwartz Gallery, London
Remember Paradise (Inaugural exhibition), HUSK (Departure), London
Collision, Nancy Victor Gallery, London

2012

Part Two of Wrong door pop up project, Wrong door gallery, London
Art is for life not just for christmas, Cultivate Gallery, London
Wrong door pop up project, Wrong door Gallery, Broadway market, London
Kiss the future, Schwartz Gallery, London
Paper Nautilus, Nautilus press, London
Making things you normally wouldn't make, Utrophia (Deptford X), London
Out of the Stable, Greenwich, London
Launch-Ceremony, Wimbledon space, London
What does your screen smell like?, The Garage, London
Zen Garden, Residence Gallery, London
Artist of Tomorrow Awards, Debut Contemporary, London
On Fire, Vauxhall fire station, London
Odds Against Tomorrow, Bearspace Gallery, London
Inclusions, The Stone Space, London
Memoria Technica, The Nunnery, London
InandOutBoard, Le Sorelle, London

2011

Stockholm Fringe Festival, Stockholm, Sweden
Outdoor sculpture exhibition, St Georges Gallery, London
Platform C: Emerging Art Show,The Vyner Street Gallery, London
Darling Buds, Parlour Project Space, London
Futura Bold, Futura Oblique, The Nunnery, London

2010

Hackney Wood Art Prize, The Residence Gallery, London
UFO Art Trail, Latitude Festival, Suffolk.
NUCA Degree Show 2010, Norwich
Real Phony, Colegate, Norwich
Resort, The Residence Gallery, London
Elements- Man and the Environment, The Forum, Norwich

2009

Showcase, Café 1001, London
Summer Exhibition, Kunstakademie, Karlsruhe, Germany
Suche WG Zimmer, Lichthof, Karlsruhe, Germany
Bread and Butter, R.K Burt Gallery, London
Bidder Bidder Bidder- EAST Project, Project Space, Norwich
The Late Shift, Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts, Norwich
We have nothing to say- EAST Project, Project Space, Norwich

2008 

Hans Brinker Budget Trophy, Hans Brinker, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Doctor Who Exhibition, Earls Court, London

2007

UCCA Students of Distinction show, The Maltings, Surrey Farnham
UCCA end of year show, Farnham UCCA, Surrey



Awards

2012 Shortlisted- Jealous Print Prize
2012 Shortlisted- Debut Contemporary Artists of Tomorrow
2009 British Council Erasmus essay certificate of merit

Publications
NUCA 2012 prospectus

Evening Standard Online- http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/arts/artexhibition-20664295-futura-bold-futura-oblique.do

Raum, ‘Something to do with staples’, Exhibition and book, The Netherlands

EAST International 2010 catalogue, ‘East Projects’

Residencies
April-August 2009 Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Kunste (Art Academy), Karlsruhe, Germany