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EXPO ‘MATT LAMBERT – CHIMERA’ – Platina Gallery, Stockholm (SE) – 3-26 Sept. 2015

Classé dans : Exposition/Exhibition,Gal. Platina (SE),Matt LAMBERT (US),Suede (SE) — bijoucontemporain @ 0:01


opening on Thursday 3d of September 2015, 17-19h
Matt Lambert is born in Detroit Michigan and was raised between Metro Detroit area and Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario Canada. The background from urban Detroit and the wilderness in Canada has characterized his artistic practice as well as hybrids, queer and chimeraism in all its meaning.
2014 he graduated from Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA) in Michigan.
"Matt Lambert Chimera" - sept 2015 Plarina -
Matt Lambert: Occlusion of Gender Timothy Veske-McMahon, New York 2014
The crafting of queer identity is fundamentally different; it is a process out of sync with the ado-lescent development of the body and mind, retarded by cultural friction. It is in this way that queerness is enticing, in its conscious decision (more truthfully an act of non-decision) to perform.
Matt Lambert’s slippery shifting objects draw heavily from the regalia of contemporary male homo-social spheres. They impart a (re)codified identity precipitated from an atomized cloud of sport, hunting, and military references. Protective gear, trophies, marks of rank, are just a few of the mechanisms we extrapolate from these originating realms, which also cast a shadow-or perhaps contain a back room-where the ostracism of queer identities coalesces and rebounds in fetishized form.
Supple leather is conflated with the precision of laser-cut linkages to create necklaces, or perhaps more rightfully, representations of necklaces. The links themselves are reminiscent of sash chains, a type of chain with a specified purpose, but within the stale amateur workshops of the everyman’s garage, basement, or shed it becomes one of many unspecified panaceas for the maladies threatening the home, and by extension, the male psyche. The forms created with these leather links drink from other waters as well-as amassed strands of beads laden with cultural heft reference status, wealth, and the storage of communal social information. In this capacity they bridge material and functional gender expectations and project their ability to codify the wearer collectively, in Lambert’s objects the socially scripted-game, hunt, and war-are channelled into the grandeur of identity’s performance. Here his work rubs up against and compound notions of the body’s presentation: its decoration, posturing, and placement. It is only natural, then, that the experience of the body-performance-object because subject through photographic documentation and portraiture. New layers are encountered through the act of picturing. Robert Sokolowski1 stated the three main elements of picturing: an object must be taken as a picture, something must be valued in the picture, and there is a person who creates the picture from the object. In this way, the photographs simultaneously complicate and dissolve issues of gender relating to the use of the objects themselves as we speculate on the identity and of the picture-taker and their appreciation for the pictured objects.
We cannot overlook the intervention of the face as prevalent in Lambert’s work. Especially considering the involvement of portraiture with its focus so keenly on face of its subject. These masks convey blurred origins that ambiguously protect the wearer as well as conceal and alter identity. One grouping seems particularly suspect, part protective cage, part animal remnant, and effectively a decorative overlay. The lines creating the masks’ structure complicate our ability to recognize the face. They remain symmetrical and face-like in composition, but they accomplish the feat of clouding our ability to discern facial structure along binaries. This buffering of perception changes our means of recognition and prepares the viewer for plural understandings of the information (identity) presented and to invent for themselves the queer possibilities behind the mask.

Matt Lambert at PLATINAMatt Lambert

Matt Lambert at PLATINAMatt Lambert

Matt Lambert at PLATINAMatt Lambert necklace, medical leather,

Odengatan 68,
10232 Stockholm (Sweden)
tel +46 8 30 02 80

OPEN TU-FR 11-18, SA 11-15


During SCHMUCK 2015 – EXPO ‘The Grass Is Always Greener Overseas’ – Handwerksmesse, Munich (PLATINA Stand) (DE) - 11-17 Mars 2015

An exhibition curated by Platforma, Bella Neyman and Ruta Reifen in conjunction
with Sofia Björkman, Platina Stockholm
DURING SCHMUCK : 11th -17th of March 2015, Handwerksmesse, Munich
THEN , 26th of March – 25th of April 2015, PLATINA – Odengatan 68, Stockholm
The Grass Is Always Greener Overseas
10 American artist and 10 Swedish from different generations:
Jamie BennetLola Brooks Robert EbendorfArthur HashMatt LambertTara Locklear Seth PapacSondra ShermanAmy TavernLauren Tickle Tobias Alm — Peter De Wit — Jenny EdlundHanna HedmanCatarina HällzonLi LiangAgnieszka KnapAnnika PetterssonMargareth Sandström — Studio Jungfruhuset Christer Jonsson/Lena Bergestad
Jamie BennettJamie Bennett
Arthur HashArthur Hash
Matt LambertMatt Lambert
Sondra Sherman - Rorschach Corsage: Valeriana_SteelSondra Sherman - Rorschach Corsage: Valeriana_Steel
Tara LocklearTara Locklear
Lauren Tickle Lauren Tickle
Jenny Edlund Jenny Edlund
 Li LiangLi Liang
Catarina HällzonCatarina Hällzon
Annika PetterssonAnnika Pettersson
Hanna HedmanHanna Hedman
Margareth SandströmMargareth Sandström



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