Traver Gallery is excited to announce a surprise exhibition, Luftschlösser, by Matt Szösz. The ten new works included in this show have developed out of Matt’s years of rigorous experimentation in alternative glass casting and glassblowing techniques.
Translated as “air palace,” luftschlösser is the German idiom for daydream- a lighter than air fantasy of imagination. These whimsical but luxuriant pieces are, in fact, air bubbles; imagined castles made real.
The Inflatables series is a body of work that Matt first began more than a decade ago. This series is an investigation of how innovating within a process can expand the materials’ available formal vocabulary. While growing more technically refined, these recent works direct airflow through linear forms, recursive labyrinths reminiscent of three-dimensional line drawings. With their subtle and mutable surfaces, these sculptures reward the attentive observation with new characteristics and perspectives.
Traver Gallery would like to thank Inform Interiors, located in Seattle, WA, for generously providing us with a selection of authentic luxury modern pieces. This exhibition has been carefully curated to showcase Szösz’s sculptures within a living concept space.
Matthew Szösz is known for his innovative use of materials and developing new sculpting processes, as well as video work that documents the excitement of making.
Born in Rhode Island, Matthew Szösz has received 3 degress including a Masters in Glass from Rhode Island School of Design. He began producing his own work a decade ago, and has received several awards, including the Jutta Cuny-Franz, a Tiffany Foundation grant, and the Borowsky Prize. He has been an artist in residence at university and arts programs across the US, as well as Denmark, Japan and Australia, and has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Washington, Toyama, Penland, Pilchuck, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and Public Glass in San Francisco, where he was executive director. He has exhibited at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, GlazenHuis (Belgium) and the Museum of Art and Design in NYC, among others.
In 2010 he founded Hyperopia Projects, curatorial/ project group based in the USA that advances cross-genre material based sculpture and critical thought. He currently lives and works with his wife, Anna Mlasowsky, in Seattle, WA.
“I am the child of two ideas. The first is the unreconstructed artisanship tradition in which I was raised. The second is the church of ecstatic blue collar Rock & Roll anarchy for which I volunteered. This is the territory that excites me- lying between the sensitive and considered restraint of learned technique and the manic populist energy of the rock throwing iconoclast, described by an wobbling elliptical oscillation between the two. Sophisticated, erudite ideas with feet of clay, a heedless headlong dive into complex and esoteric waters. The friction of these two has been my experience of life, the experience of living within the body and the mind at the same time, each correcting the other in ragged arrhythmia. The opposing pulls of intellect and emotion maintain a tense center that lives and vibrates with their energy.”