My recent sculptures explore a variety of materials and often combine found objects through a unique process of traditional woodworking techniques and contemporary painting and sculpting strategies. I juxtapose large scale scraps of timber with cultural detritus ranging from archaic weaponry to industrial trash, to create a vocabulary to build abstract narratives. I use this new language to explore the material and metaphysical tension between religion, human perception, and our relationship with the natural landscape.
For inspiration I draw from my observations on the state of our hybrid world. In my current work I engage a personal meditation on the outspoken Christian martyr, Saint Sebastian. It is said that in the 3rd century the Roman emperor ordered Sebastian to be tied to a tree, surrounded by archers, and filled with arrows. According to the legend, Sebastian miraculously lived through the assault, and later publicly criticized the emperor for his cruelties. In several of my works, the wood remnants and cast-offs become surrogates for Sebastian. They represent the resilient remains of organic matter and are precisely pierced with weapons of power and aggression.
Matt Kinney (b. 1970) is a sculptor working in Newburgh, NY. Born in Georgetown, Massachusetts, Kinney attended Pratt Institute as well as the School of the Museum of Fine Arts to study painting. He moved to the Hudson Valley in 2003 and in 2006 transitioned from painting to sculpture.
Kinney previously worked at art foundries in their sand departments as well as in the construction industry. This is reflected in his studio work, which often references the production of the constructed world around us. While his narrative references are varied, his practice is recognizable through his use of manipulated organic material transformed into deliberate provocations. Kinney also often uses the palette of the natural world to explore form and subject.
2017 Hudson Beach Gallery, Blackbird Sings at Twilight, Beacon, NY
2017 Space Create, Newburgh, NY
Chris Davison Gallery, Newburgh, NY
2016 Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY
2015 Beacon 3D, Beacon, NY
Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY
2014 Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, Cutlog, New York, NY
Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, Kunsthalle, Beacon, NY
Ethan Cohen presents: Public Art, Kunsthalle, Beacon,NY
2013 Crotch, outdoor project Space, Beacon, NY
Matteawan Gallery, The UV Portfolio, Beacon, NY
Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, Sharper Image: Part II at art STRAND, Provincetown, MA
Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, Sharper Image, New York, NY
2012 Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, Scope Miami, FL
WAAM Far and Wide, 4th Annual Woodstock Regional, Woodstock, NY
2010 Gallery G, Guises of Wood, Beacon, NY
2009 Collaborative Concepts, Saunders Farm, Garrison, NY
Vanbrunt gallery, Habitat for Artists, Beacon, NY
2008 Go North, Abstract Endeavors, Beacon, NY
Habitat for Artists, Spire Studios, Beacon, NY
2007 Vanbrunt gallery, Hudson 3, Beacon, NY
Collaborative Concepts, Saunder’s Farm, Garrison, NY
2006 Vanbrunt gallery, Song of the Earth, Beacon, NY
2005 BAU 11: Highland Paths, Beacon, NY
Garnerville Arts and Industrial Center, Via Beacon, Garnerville, NY
2004 Germaine Keller Gallery, New Territory, Garrison, NY
2003 Cross Street Gallery, Saugerties, NY
2000 Front Room Gallery, South Portland, ME