Retrofuturistic Realness

Table lamps of the Jetsons, Alexander Calder mobiles, and something about Richard Serra must have inspired Matt Gil to make the sculpture at “Variety Pack.” His essay-let on the gallery's website is a charming ode to focus, too: “Each one” of the pieces, he writes, “has called to me and jumped off the sketchbook page as if it was real and wanted to be in the world.” And now it is real, as real as his usual materials of cement, aluminum, “paint,” and asphalt. The asphalt especially is fascinating, obviously, because it's shiny and very black, but has a softness the artist highlights by making blobby shapes with it instead of anything angular or harsh.
May 16-June 4, 2011

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