Matthew Smith (*1976) lives and works in London, UK.
Smith’s sculptural practice uses every day hardware like pipes, trash bins and shelving units, stacking, hanging and reconfiguring these objects and combining them with stock imagery to imbue them with human characteristics and build a relationship to the body that is evocative of certain emotional states. Not so much a specific line of thought than a mess of intuitive leaps and unsubstantiated connections. Smith is interested in the way that, by scaling up images, they become blunt and direct. The final works resist a meanings beyond the objects themselves, arriving with a sense
of brute realism.
Solo/Two Person Exhibitions include Fat Tulip, Troy Town, London (2015); Septic Finger (with Nicolas Deshayes and George Henry Longly), Carl Kostyal, Stockholm (2015); London Toilets, Limoncello, London (2014); Megahits, And/Or, London (2013).
Group exhibitions include The Ultimate Vessel, Koppe Astner, Glasgow (2015); English Summer, Elizabeth Dee, New York (2015); Potteries Thinkbelt, Rob Tufnell, London (2015); You Will Find Me in The Garden, Valentin, Paris (2015); Cucumber Bones, TOVES, Denmark (2014); Emotional Resources, Northern Gallery For Contemporary Art, Sunderland (2014); Open Heart Surgery, The Moving Museum, London (2013)