MATT WILT

MATT WILT
Theory + Practice

March 24 – April 19, 2014

Opening Reception:
Friday, March 27, 6PM – 9PM

 Special NCECA Hours:
Wednesday, March 25, 10AM – 6PM

Gallery Hours:
Thursday + Friday, 3PM – 8PM
Saturday + Sunday, 12PM – 5PM
Other Days by Appointment

 

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Yellow Peril Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibitions from Matt Wilt, in parallel with Lively Experiments, the 49th Annual Conference hosted by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) from March 24 to April 19, 2015. The opening reception is Friday, March 27 from 6PM – 9PM.
Head of the Ceramics Department at Skidmore College Matt Wilt will present Theory + Practice, a new interactive and kinetic installation designed to engage the audience and involve them in a slower, more thoughtful analysis of the artwork and its ideas. Wilt’s recent work synthesizes the human, physical body with mechanics of the manmade world. Symbolic forms that he finds particularly compelling include the hand and objects used as surrogates for the body: bottle nipples, respirator bags, sex toys, prosthetics.
“The hand exemplifies the human presence, while the other objects, to varying degrees, distance us from the most human of activities,” Wilt explains. “These forms, as manufactured objects replicating natural functions, act as substitutes for nature. I find this composite of the physical body and the synthetic world simultaneously fascinating and frightening. Through this line of inquiry I am conscious of the connecting threads that link the many disparate elements of history, culture, and what it is to be human.”
Theory + Practice will be presented at Yellow Peril in parallel with Lively Experiments, the 49th Annual Conference hosted by NCECA in Providence, RI. Artists worldwide view NCECA as an important opportunity to expose their work to passionate and informed audiences. Extending throughout greater Providence and into Southern New England from March 25 – 28, Lively Experiments will be a unique opportunity to discover, experience, learn about and collect ceramics.
The opening reception for Theory + Practice is Friday, March 27, from 6PM – 9PM.  The gallery will host special NCECA hours on Wednesday, March 25, from 10AM – 5:30PM. The exhibition will be on display until Sunday, April 19, 2015. This is the first solo exhibition at Yellow Peril Gallery for Wilt.
About Matt Wilt
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, MATT WILT received his Bachelorʼs degree in Ceramics and Art Education in 1991 from Penn State University. After completing undergraduate school, Wilt worked for two years at Boston Valley Terra Cotta, an architectural terra cotta restoration firm in Buffalo, New York, where he began to work more extensively with plaster molds and imitative glaze surfaces. He also traveled extensively in Nepal and Thailand prior to pursuing graduate study. Matt completed his Master of Fine Arts degree at Ohio University, Athens in 1995. He was then awarded The Evelyn Shapiro Foundation Fellowship through The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The city provided a tremendous availability of disposed of items for use in his slip cast and machined looking forms. While working as a Resident Artist at The Clay Studio, Wilt continued to show nationally and internationally and taught at several universities and art schools, including the University of Pennsylvania, Moore College of Art & Design and Arcadia University. Matt has been the recipient of numerous awards. He has received a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grant, an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, and several awards in national juried exhibitions. He has been active as a Visiting Artist at schools such as Syracuse University, Tyler School of Art, Wichita State University and Indiana University. Matt headed the Ceramics Area at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville between 2002 and 2012. He joined the faculty of Skidmore College in August 2012, where he is currently heading the Ceramics program. Matt’s work continues to integrate cast ceramic forms with wheel thrown and hand built elements. The objects and their related drawings often refer to the ceramic tradition of functional devices, but are increasingly becoming more visually ambiguous, while incorporating a variety of non-clay materials. For more info about Wilt, visit mattwilt.com.