This Is Where Home Is
Alter Space is pleased to announce, This Is Where Home Is, an exhibition by Matthew Gottschalk who debuts new work in sculpture and video which incorporate themes of ambiguity and hope.
Gottschalk’s puppet-like sculptures provide a glimpse into a puppet-maker's workshop, where the artist has displayed a series of hand-carved, wooden objects from just about every stage of the process, including wood scraps and full rendered marionettes. Gottschalk’s sculptures are actors that embody a tenuous type of heroism similar to that of the folkloric creature, Golem, a.k.a, ‘The Monster of Fate.’ Some sculptures are complete with working, interchangeable body parts, but Gottschalk does not permit those figurative elements to be advantageous to the marionettes that often appear caught in a struggle or dilemma. Using his own image as a place of departure, the sculptures become doppelgängers, unsettling yet approachable performers that ask the audience to reimagine notions of individual purpose in the collective experience of community.
In the second half of the gallery, Gottschalk projects video that furthers his reflective narrative and assumes the responsibility of place and home. The videos are saturated with images of city skyscrapers, construction cranes, and clips from San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood, a current hotbed for ambitious growth and technologically spurred change that exemplifies both what is triumphed, as well as what is lacking, and those who are underserved. Through this puppet-eye view of the city, Gottschalk animates the sculptures in a way that emphasizes integration.
This Is Where Home Is, is one half of a two-part exhibition that Gottschalk created while in the basement residency program at Alter Space. In conjunction with, This Is Where Home Is, Gottschalk will open it’s counterpart, The Higher We Rise, The Further Away I Seem, at SFAC Galleries Window Installation on 155 Grove Street. At the January 10 closing of This Is Where Home Is, Gottschalk will lead a talk at the SFAC Grove St. installation, and Alter Space will host a day-time response workshop and a closing reception in the evening.
Matthew Gottschalk is a multi-disciplinary artist who's practice involves puppetry, sculpture, painting, video/sound and photography. He received his MFA from Mills College (2012) and a BA in Art Studio from UC Davis (2008). He has shown throughout the Bay Area and internationally. His awards and honors include the Jay DeFeo Prize in 2012 from Mills College, a 2009/2010 Fellowship for New Media from the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany, and the Yale-Norfolk 2007 Summer Arts Fellowship. Matthew is currently based between the Bay Area and the Foothills of Northern California.
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