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Mathew Cerletty EXHIBITED AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY

Untitled
Mathew Cerletty
Untitled

2006

Oil on linen

170.2 x 129.5 cm
Matthew Cerletty’s paintings encapsulate a cosmopolitan air with their voguish finish and ambivalent sexuality. Presenting a fragmented body, Cerletty’s Untitled trades image for the fetish of gesture, his absent figure reduced to an intimation of style. Rendered as graphic form against an empty slate coloured ground, Cerletty’s hands seem strangely foreign and empirical. Classically positioned, Cerletty sets his study as abstracted intrigue, his opaque white sleeve and purple nail polish convert the representational to formalist balance, constructing the sublime through the simplicity of casual expression.
Untitled
Mathew Cerletty
Untitled

2005

Oil on linen

284.5 x 276.9cm
Matthew Cerletty’s Untitled reconsiders the figure as an abstracted strategy of design. Set on a cold ground, his torso is centred as an obsessional focus of concentration. Rendered with painterly impasto, his shirt becomes a slacker study of illusionary space: its simplified cartoon form balancing between graphic flatness and 3D perspective, the stylised shadow alluding to sculptural form reinforces the planar surface. The addition of the hands converts Cerletty’s painting from compositional study to relational subject, infusing traditional line, shape, and tone with dandyish and charismatic personality.
N
Mathew Cerletty
N

2006

Oil on linen

30.48 x 25.4cm
Mathew Cerletty’s work ranges fromaccutely rendered realist paintings and drawings to text based work distilling images of lifestyle ideals. Throughout his practice Cerletty defines the rules of attraction, using the formal qualities of painting to explore the principles of beauty and fixation. In N, traditional imagery is exchanged for a simple letter: a person’s initial, empty logo, generic mark, or graphic design. Set on a textured white ground, the letter’s painterly domination commands with its force of expression and charismatic humour. Rendered in envy-green and adorned with anthropomorphic eyes, N assumes centre of attention as typeface of sheer vanity.

Mathew Cerletty's BIOGRAPHY

Mathew Cerletty
Born in 1980 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Lives and works in New York



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2011
Susan, Algus Greenspon, New York, Sept.

2008
Hotpoints, Office Baroque, Antwerp

2007
The Feeling is Mutual, Team Gallery, New York

2006
Fallingwater, Rivington Arms, New York / Sherman Gallery, Boston University

2004
Alter Ego, Rivington Arms, New York

2003
Trying to Live Beside the Point, Rivington Arms, New York


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2011
Cover Version LP, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn

2010
Public Private Painting, PMMK, Oostende, Belgium

2010
It's All American, New Jersey MoCA, Asbury Park
The Coke Factory, Ritter/Zamet, London
Item, Mitchell, Innes & Nash, New York
Matthew Brannon / Mathew Cerletty / David Diao / Daniel Sinsel, Office Baroque, Antwerp

2009
Character Generator, Eleven Rivington, New York
The living and the dead, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York

2008
8 1/2 x 11 / A4, James Fuentes LLC, New York
Painting: Now and Forever, Part II, Greene Naftali and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Cover Version, Taylor De Cordoba Gallery, Los Angeles
Not So Subtle Subtitle, Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York

2007
Sweet Bird of Youth, Arndt & Partner, Berlin
Block Party II, Daniel Weinberg, Los Angeles
On the Marriage Broker Joke, Office Baroque, Antwerp

2006
USA Today, Royal Academy of Arts, London / State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
I Love My Scene, Part II, Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Goodbye To All That, Rivington Arms, New York

2005
David Altmejd, Mathew Cerletty, Kirsten Everberg, Alisa Margolis and Sophie von Hellermann, Galerie Hussenot, Paris
Neocon, GBE Passerby, New York
Art Review 25: Emerging US Artists, Phillips, de Pury & Company, New York

2004
Now Is A Good Time, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
Such things I do just to make myself more attractive to you, Peres Projects, Los Angeles

2003
Be In, Rivington Arms, New York
Today's Man, John Connelly Presents, New York / Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo

2002
I Kept All Your Letters, Rivington Arms, New York