Matt is an artist and writer working in New York City. He has an MFA in Painting from Claremont Graduate University.
Posts written by Matt Fisher
CHERYL, the artist collective made up of Destiny Pierce, Stina Puotinen, Nick Shiarizzi, and Sarah Van Buren, sits somewhere on an axis that joins Mike Kelly and David Byrne, a mix of earnest absurdism and a regard for abjection that seems squarely a product of early-80s investigations into participatory dynamics and DIY spectacles. Lately, the crux of CHERYL’s production are obsessively orchestrated video works loosely composed around a theme that involve lots of fake blood, cat masks, choreographed dances, glitter, and gloopy food. As one part of the overall work, the videos are completed by chaotic dance parties held in a nightclub, gallery or museum. The entire affair comes off rather like the up-cycle of a bipolar swing, a manic rush to the top of the roller coaster hill fully aware of the drop to come.
Fabienne Lasserre’s elliptical sculptures, which mix high-minded concepts with a scruffy process, attain a fairly uncommon balance: they are serious but not stuffy, intuitive while being systematic, and referential without being appropriative. Overall they suggest a pretty nice way of being in the world – relaxed, curious, earnest, and good-natured.
The coasters, trains, planes, and funiculars of William Steiger: a self-reflective and somewhat mischievous exercise in which some reveries deflect others, dreams dissolve in midstream, and objects imply both their own selfhood but also leak out into other identities.