Come check out Tyler Ceramics MFA alum Matt Ziemke’s solo show at Napoleon tomorrow night for First Friday.
Opening Reception: First Friday, November 2nd, 2012, 5 – 10 PM. The exhibition runs November 2 – 25, 2012. More info at www.mattziemke.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
From his press release:
SOLO EXHIBITION BY MATT ZIEMKE
November 2 – 25, 2012
Opening Reception First Friday, November 2nd 2012, 5 – 10 PM
Napoleon – a collectively run focal space in Philadelphia – is pleased to present a solo exhibition by sculptor and ceramic artist Matt Ziemke. Cadillac Desert, loosely inspired by Marc Reisner’s 1993 nonfiction novel Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, features a series of precarious multi-parted works that sensitively explore the political and environmental battles surrounding Middle America’s limited resources.
Reisner’s book Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water is an extensive historical account of the American West’s relationship to water. The redirection and accumulation of water significantly shaped the western region both geographically and politically. Engineering feats ultimately veiled the negative results and long-term effects of subsidized water use in arid regions, undesirable salinized ground water, and pillaged ecosystems.
Both concerned with and inspired by Reisner’s subject matter, Matt Ziemke’s Cadillac Desert is a conglomerate of forms, structures, and intricate surface treatments that are likewise conflicted yet beautiful. The locations, conditions, and terrains noted within Ziemke’s research materialize through his inclusion of maps and diagrams, each serving as visual sources of his subject matter. The work offers perspective and mines the territory of locating, extracting, and consuming resources, but in no way does it pretend to offer any solutions to these burdens that have spanned generations.
By definition, Cadillac (noun) is “something that is an outstanding example of its kind, especially in luxury, quality, or size.” While the size – or scale – of impact created by the establishment of particular water policies in Middle America was, and is, monumentally detrimental, Ziemke toys with and contradicts this notion, creating intimate and pristine works shown in Napoleon’s intimately sized exhibition space.
Matt Ziemke received his MFA in Ceramics from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and is currently an Artist in Residence at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA. He has recently shown at the Ann Street Gallery in Newburgh, NY and was featured in Vox XIII at Vox Polpuli in Philadelphia. For more information on the artist please go to www.mattziemke.com.
Napoleon’s gallery hours are First Fridays, most Saturday and Sundays from 2-6 PM, and by appointment. For further information, or to contact the gallery, please email email@example.com.