Marx & Zavattero
Reel to Real
77 Geary Street (@ Grant)
San Francisco, CA 94108
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May 15th, 2008 - July 2nd, 2008
May 17th, 2008 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Matt Gil, Pop Quiz,
2008, glazed ceramic sculpture, 8.5" x 7.25" x 5"
© Marx & Zavattero
Matt Gil, Conveyor with 24 Sculptures,
2007-08, steel, custom mechanical drive equipment, & mixed media, 20' 6" x 4' 6" x 3' 1"
© Marx & Zavattero
Matt Gil, Muckracker 1.0,
2008, aluminum & paint, 10' 8" x 3' 6" x 3' 6"
© Marx & Zavattero
Marx & Zavattero is pleased to announce long-time San Francisco resident and sculptor Matt Gil's
second solo exhibition at the gallery May 15 - July 2. In what promises
to be an impressive study of Gil's work and process over the past
decade, the artist will present a series of new small-scale ceramic
sculptures on a groundbreaking, hand-constructed, 22-foot long
oval-shaped mechanized conveyor -- consisting of 52 steel pallets --
placed in the middle of the gallery floor. Additionally, a series of
watercolors culled from Gil's sketchbook will be exhibited for the
first time, providing a unique window into his creative genesis.
Finally, two new large-scale painted aluminum sculptures from Gil's
metal shop yard will also be on view.
conveyor, recalling Gil's kinetic sculptures from the 1980s, makes a
complete revolution every two minutes. It will enable the viewer to
remain standing in one place while up to 25 sculptures circle in front
of them. "The conveyor is an effortless way to see 360 degrees of each
piece," Gil explains. "The entire tabletop of pallets moves at � RPM,
which equals about five seconds of viewing per sculpture." The "baggage
belt" nature of the conveyor is also Gil's tongue-in-cheek commentary
on the state of today's frenzied art market, where works of art have
seemingly become objects to be hastily claimed, rather than
contemplated and collected simply for their aesthetic value. Lit from
below, the rotating sculptures will also cast a myriad of dramatic
shadows on the walls opposite, recalling the machine sculpture of 20th
Century sculptor Jean Tinguely.
combines his interest in modern sculpture -- namely that of Jean Arp,
Isamu Noguchi, and Constantine Brancusi -- with a contemporary whimsy
and intuition that borrows from the natural world. His passion for form
is evident in his distinctive pieces that reflect his freewheeling use
of ideas and shapes. Gil's superb craftsmanship, whereby he
hand-fabricates his sculptures, seamlessly blend a classic and playful
sensibility. The works on exhibit reflect the integration of several of
Gil's interests, providing a wonderful entrée into this mischievous
series that is at once curious, jazzy, and bold in form and color.
received his BA from San Jose State University and has been exhibiting
his sculptures for the past 30 years in solo and group shows throughout
Northern and Southern California. His work has been featured in several
shows in both private and public spaces in the Bay Area, including the
Bank of America building and the Oakland Museum of California at City
Center. In 2005, Gil was honored with a residency at Kunststiftung Lutz
Ackermann Bildhauer, Gäufelden-Nebringen, Germany. Additionally, Gil's
work is held in several prestigious public and private collections
including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the San Jose Museum
of Art; Oracle Corporation, Belmont, CA; Allergen, Irvine, CA; Yahoo!
Sunnyvale, CA; Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, NY; and the Sydney
International Airport, Sydney, Australia, among many others. His work
has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Architectural Digest, Artweek, Flavorpill.com, and California Art Review.