Marx & Zavattero is proud to announce long-time San Francisco resident and sculptor Matt Gil's fourth solo exhibition at the gallery April 30 - June 4. Combining his unique abstract three-dimensional designs with experiments in new sculptural media - including galvanized steel & cement and wall-mounted pieces dipped repeatedly in hot asphalt - Gil's work and process continue to remain fresh and intriguing. The artist will also present a series of new small-scale painted enamel ceramic sculptures, as well as new forms of the large-scale painted aluminum pieces for which he is best known.
For the first time, the gallery will also present an interesting peek behind the artist's curtain, as several of Gil's private sketchbooks will be available for viewing. These comprehensive books, featuring hundreds of delightful ink and watercolor drawings, will provide the viewer with a unique window into Gil's creative process. The extemporaneity of the sketches and Gil's unique sense of humor & inquisitiveness shines through in these books, providing a refreshing entree into his sculptures.
Gil combines his interest in modern sculpture- namely that of Constantine Brancusi, Jean Arp, and Isamu Noguchi - with a contemporary whimsy as evidenced in the new steel form dipped asphalt pieces loosely influenced by Matthew Barney and Roxy Paine. These new wall mounted and floor pieces are salaciously seductive in form and texture. With intuition that borrows from the natural world, Gil's 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 blends a classic and playful sensibility with a distinct inventive spontaneity. The works on view will reflect the integration of several of Gil's interests, resulting in an exhibition that is at once curious, vibrant, and bold in form and color.
Gil was born in San Jose and received his BA from San Jose State University. He has been exhibiting his sculptures since the mid 70s 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 San Jose Museum of Art, the Bank of America building in San Francisco, and the Oakland Museum of California at City Center. In 2005, Gil was honored with a prestigious residency in G'ufelden-Nebringen, Germany at Kunststiftung Lutz Ackermann Bildhauer. Additionally, Gil's work is held in several significant 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, Australia, among many others. His work has been written about and featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, ZYZZYVA, SF Weekly, SF Bay Guardian, Architectural Digest, Artweek, artslant.com, Flavorpill.com, and California Art Review.