Matthew Lusk

Matthew Lusk
Untitled Hobo

Matthew Lusk makes sculptures and installations that often explore conflations of American identities and confusions of specific spaces.  He instigates architectural interventions that provide a newly altered space that bears the context for each specific installation of new work.

Matthew’s anthropomorphic structures are three-dimensional collages assembled out of found pieces of wood and ready-made materials. His sculptures are solitary creatures, strangers on the street, detached and unsympathetic. Life sized, they interact with the viewer in human space while denying access, shuffling along unhindered by this world.

Matthew Lusk received his M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

Artist Statement:
I set out by creating some simple forms, figures really, to place the hats onto. They eventually became parodies of types: a couple of hipsters with boards for bodies and nails shooting out of their faces, newspaper-chubby western Good Guy and Bad Guy with knotted rope genitalia, a dirty-shirt newsboy, a burlap feed sack thug, and a big blue plastic tarp hobgoblin with a green plastic dealer’s visor.

Lusk silloiette

Matthew Lusk

Born 1972 Detroit, MI
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY


2000              MFA Sculpture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

1995               BFA Sculpture, University of Georgia at Athens

1995               John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC

Shows with Matthew Lusk

2006           Denial is a River, Sculpture Center, L.I.C., New York

                       Dry Goods, Outrageous Look, Brooklyn, NY

                       The Studio Visit, Exit Art, New York

2005            If You’re Feeling Sinister, Alona Kagan, New York

                       Exit Biennial II: Traffic, Exit Art, New York

                        No Apology For Breathing, Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn

2004             Some Exhaust, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York

                        In Love With the Jailer’s Daughter, Project Green, Brooklyn

2003             Living Units, triple candie, New York

2002             One Day, In a Day, Everyday, one-day curatorial project with
                        Rachel Owens at Apex Art, Manhattan


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