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Matt Wycoff
updated: 04/02/2009
website: www.mattwycoff.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Untitled Sculpture, #4
Untitled Sculpture, #1
Untitled Sculpture, #3
Untitled Sculpture, #2
Everything I know I learned from painting, #1
Untitled Painting, #2
Untitled Painting, #1
Untitled Drawing, #3
Untitled Drawing, #1
Untitled Drawing, #8
Untitled Drawing, #2
Untitled Drawing, #4
Untitled Drawing, #7
Untitled Drawing, #6
Untitled Drawing, #5
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, spiritual, conceptual
 
 
Untitled Sculpture, #4 by Matt Wycoff
Untitled Sculpture, #4
Wood, paint, florescent light, graphite on paper and glass
2009
88 " x  54 "  x 12 " 
Untitled Sculpture, #1 by Matt Wycoff
Untitled Sculpture, #1
Wood, paint and oil on canvas
2009
100 " x  45 "  x 10 " 
Untitled Sculpture, #3 by Matt Wycoff
Untitled Sculpture, #3
Wood, paint, florescent light and oil on canvas
2009
63 " x  47 "  x 8 " 
Untitled Sculpture, #2 by Matt Wycoff
Untitled Sculpture, #2
Wood, paint, florescent light and oil on canvas
2009
60 " x  26 "  x 8 " 
Everything I know I learned from painting, #1 by Matt Wycoff
Everything I know I learned from painting, #1
Wood,paint and oil on canvas
2008
80 " x  18 "  x 6 " 
Untitled Painting, #2 by Matt Wycoff
Untitled Painting, #2
Wood and oil on canvas
2009
18 " x  14 "  x 2 " 
Untitled Painting, #1 by Matt Wycoff
Untitled Painting, #1
Wood and oil on canvas
2008
15 " x  13.5 "  x 2 " 
Untitled Drawing, #3 by Matt Wycoff
Untitled Drawing, #3
Wood, paint, glass and graphite on paper
2009
30 " x  60 "  x 1.5 " 
Untitled Drawing, #1 by Matt Wycoff
Untitled Drawing, #1
Wood, paint, glass and graphite on paper
2009
33 " x  34 "  x 1.5 " 
Untitled Drawing, #8 by Matt Wycoff
Untitled Drawing, #8
Wood, paint, glass and graphite on paper
2009
23 " x  23 "  x 1.5 " 
Untitled Drawing, #2 by Matt Wycoff
Untitled Drawing, #2
Wood, paint, glass and graphite on paper
2009
20" x  20"  x 1.5" 
Untitled Drawing, #4 by Matt Wycoff
Untitled Drawing, #4
Wood, paint, glass and graphite on paper
2009
22" x  22"  x 1.5" 
Untitled Drawing, #7 by Matt Wycoff
Untitled Drawing, #7
Wood, paint, glass and graphite on paper
2009
24 " x  26 "  x 7 " 
Untitled Drawing, #6 by Matt Wycoff
Untitled Drawing, #6
Wood, paint, glass and graphite on paper
2009
25" x  25"  x 1.5" 
Untitled Drawing, #5 by Matt Wycoff
Untitled Drawing, #5
Wood, paint, glass and graphite on paper
2009
27 " x  27 "  x 1.5 " 

Artist Statement

This new body of work begins from the assumption that form (the physical things around us) is the foundation from which consciousness builds language and ideas for communication. Historically, this assumption establishes a lineage that begins with form and ends with communication–it creates a movement, or a directional flow, from pure, or pre-linguistic form, to language and ideas that can be communicated. This transformation is a process of approximation, grouping, categorization and generalization. It does not ask the question, What is this? It asks the question, What is this like?

 

Writers and critics, such as Ludwig Wittgenstein, have argued that this transformation from form to language in the modern consciousness happens almost, if not, instantaneously. The title of a biography about the artist Robert Irwin, “Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees,” gets at this idea succinctly. The title implies that, “to see,” is to have an experience of something that is, for a moment, outside of, or before, language. The title recognizes language as an impediment to detail and specificity, which, it assumes, are essential to “seeing.”

 

One way to think about formal abstraction in contemporary art is as an attempt to slowdown the speed of this movement from form to language. Formal abstraction privileges experience over communication­–it is an opportunity to revel in the question, What is this? Within a particular frame of reference the answer to this question has become “it is art.” The answer, it is art, negates the original intent to deny classification. This oscillation creates a backdrop for this body of work. Each piece is an attempt to get at this pervasive, and rather perverse, feeling of both knowing and not knowing, and  to create experiences whose internal logic illuminate the larger structures by which consciousness transforms experience into meaning.

 

 

 

Artist Bio / CV

Matt Wycoff was born in Anderson, South Carolina in 1980 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He is a 2002 graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute Sculpture Department. Wycoff is an artist, writer and freelance journalist. He has been an artist in residence at the Urban Culture Project Studio Residency, (Jan. 04 - Mar. 05) in Kansas City, Missouri, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, (Feb. 07 – Apr. 07) in Omaha, Nebraska and The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He has exhibited his work in both solo and group exhibitions in venues such as the Leedy-Volkous Art Center, (Kansas City, MO), Dolphin Gallery, (Kansas City, MO) RARE Gallery, (New York, NY) and most recently at The Hogar Collection in Brooklyn, New York. Wycoff’s work has been reviewed in numerous publications, including The Kansas City Star, The Pitch, Art Papers and Review.