Each of them will unveil a new series of works which they created specially for this display. Each of the three follows his own manner and works in his own signature style.What they all have in common is the subtle irony, a capacity for reflection, relevance of the subject and perfectionism.
TONY MATELLI (USA, 1971)
One of the most prominent and most promising American artists whose works reflect the subtle and ever-elusive combination of concept, contemporary technology, as well as the demanding attitude to technique and art in the best sense of the word. Once an assistant to Jeff Koons, Tony Matelli looks at the experience he has gained from a new angle deeply feeling the burning issues of the day while at the same time preserving a serious attitude towards the quality of his work and demonstrating scrupulous attention to detail.
Matelli's work reaches beyond the boundaries of political correctness and the social conduct code. Every of his objects incorporates a provocation, a protest against playing by the commonly accepted rules, and aggression as an integral part of the surrounding world. He focuses on loneliness, desolation, degradation, defenselessness and, at the same time, resilience and resistance to unfortunate circumstances. While demonstrating an acute personal response to basic emotions, Tony Matelli is ironic about himself and smiles at the absurdity of what's happening around him. He is set on questioning everything what many thought unshakable; on striking the right visual forms to impart subtle philosophical concepts.
The Moscow exhibition showcases the artist's objects of the past five years and the brand new works which will see light for the first time. The laws of physics are no longer evident in Matelli's works. Challenging the laws of gravitation, he utterly readjusts the optics thereby giving us a new picture of the objects and phenomena that surround us and transforming the existent reality into a new one.
Tony Matelli's works have been on display in a large number of prestigious museums and galleries all over the world and are part of permanent collections in a variety of world famous museums:
ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark; Akzo Nobel Art Foundation; Bergen Kunstmuseum, Bergen, Denmark; Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook, MICURIOUSLY STRONG Altoids Collection, (New Museum) New York, NY; FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY; Fundacion La Caixa Madrid, Spain; FRAC Bordeaux, France; Musee d'arte Contemporain Montreal, Canada; Mudam Luxembourg, Luxembourg; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand; Skive New Art Museum SNYK, Copenhagen, Denmark; Sundsvalls Kommun, Sundsvall, Sweden; Uppsala Konstmusuem, Uppsala, Sweden.
OLAF BREUNING (USA, 1970)
Olaf Breuning is a contemporary Swiss artist whose works introduce viewers to surreal and humorous worlds through sculpture, installation, photography, video and drawing. Specially for the Moscow exhibition, the artist created a group of eight marble sculptures in which ironic and actual inscriptions are engraved.
The artist's works are presented in various museum collections around the world, including: AROS, Aarhus, DK; FONDS NATIONAL D'ART CONTEMPORAIN, FR; Kunsthalle Hamburg, D; Kunsthaus Glarus, CH; Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich, CH; Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen, DK; Musée d'Art Moderne/ Centre de Création Industrielle, FR; Museum zu Allerheiligen, Schaffhausen, CH; Sammlung Falkenberg, Hamburg, D; UBS Collection, CH; Sammlung Goetz, München, D; Saatchi Collection, London, UK.
Sculptures and installations by Olaf Breuning have become an essential part of urban landscape. The artist has participated in a large number of prestigious public projects, including City Hall Park exhibition Lightness of Being (2013), Happening of Station to station (2013), Miami Art Basel (2013).
Before the Moscow show, on March 4th 2014, New York's Central Park hosted the installation of Breuning's new sculpture group–The Clouds. The nearly 10-metre-tall sculpture is the artist's largest open-air project so far.
JOHN MILLER (USA, 1954)
An artist, musician, university professor, the author of critical essays on art. His works are part of prestigious world collections such as: Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Cabinet des Estampes, Geneva; Carnegie Mellon Museum, Pittsburg, PA; Deutsche Genossenschaftsbank, Frankfurt; Frac Limousin, Limousin, France; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Pangea Consortium, Zurich; Progressive Corporation, Cleveland, OH; Queensboro Community College Gallery Collection, New York; Rehazentrum Lubben, Berlin; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
John Miller is a member of the narrow circle of American conceptual art gurus, including Mike Kelley, Tony Oursler and Jim Shaw. His works have been on display in cities across the USA and in the rest of the world since the mid 1980s. Miller's works embrace a wide variety of genres. In addition to paintings and sculptures, the artist excels in photography and video, has been monitoring a large number of projects and writes art reviews.
The gem of the exhibition is the so-called 'gold series'–reliefs, sculptures, installations. On display are also the artist's recent works on which he has been working since spring 2013. These include wall reliefs which imitate passers-by and transform the chamber exhibition space into a lively street.
In 2011 John Miller was awarded the The Wolfgang Hahn Prize (Museum Ludwig, Cologne). The former laureates of this prestigious award include Cindy Sherman, Christopher Wool, Mike Kelley, Pipilotti Rist, Richard Artschwager, Rosemarie Trockel, Peter Doig, etc.
Press release courtesy Gary Tatintsian Gallery.