Matt Miley – Playfulness and the Lack Thereof

“My work is a reflection of my journey to find a higher awareness of my moment to moment experience. This type of venture has traditionally been confined to and referenced by rigid and crumbling institutions. To transcend these systems of thought, I intend for my work to signify psychological change that dismantles and rebuilds recurrently. I use willed introspection and mythological propositions to guide me, as schema, through this journey”

Matt Miley Galleri Duerr Lakritsfestivalen 2015Matt is a visual artist originally from the southern United States. Following the completion of his Master’s degree in Fine Arts at Florida State University where graduate students participate in annual trips to Art Basel Miami Beach international art fair. Matt moved to New York City in 2009 to work at the School of Visual Arts. Matt Miley is currently living and making art in Stockholm.

His work has been exhibited internationally. Segments of Matt’s work are heavily influenced by his life experiences in the southern United States. Matt completed a Bachelor degree at Mississippi College. During graduate school, Matt pursued an opportunity to study in London and Amsterdam. There, he observed a complex social, cultural, and political environment. Europe bares some similarities to the southern United States but is often completely divergent. Matt’s research involved the critical reason, comparative mythology, and theory in contemporary art.

During his time at Florida State University he built a body of thesis work that involved aspects of narrative drawing and painting mixed abstract and ambiguous segments in large scale. In 2010 he collaborated with a colleague in Philadelphia to generate an exhibition entitled “When She Strikes”. The work involved two large large-scale 6 x 16 foot drawings, video, and found sound was exhibited in Brooklyn and Philadelphia. He has also been involved in building and co-directing the Pinion Gallery in New York. The gallery was physically based in Brooklyn and hosted seven exhibitions. Matt recently completed a series of paintings entitled “Surface; Cataract; Inundate” involving zoomorphic and landscape features in a state of becoming or becoming undone. 

Matt Miley is a part of Galleri Duerr’s exhibition ”Playfulness and the Lack Thereof” at the Liquorice Festival in Stockholm, March 21-22, last year with a visitor count of 10 000. The show also includes the Swedish artists Lina L. Baker and Patrik Lundell (who has just returned to Stockholm after two years in Florence), American artist David Eisenhauer  and Irish artist Alannah Robins who is creating a full scale sculpture in liquorice!

View the film with Matt Miley speaking about his creative process and his thoughts on working with the theme ”Playfulness and the Lack Thereof”.

Matt Mileys website.

Support the project “A Sculpture in Liquorice”, a part of Galleri Duerr´s exhibition ”Playfulness and the Lack Thereof” on Kickstarter. Push the green button “Back this project” and select a reward for donations of 25 SEK and more – NOW! See Alannah Robins sculpture grow!Matt Miley

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