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Cherry and Martin: T. Kelly Mason || Matt Paweski and Andrea Sala - 18 July 2015 to 15 Aug 2015

Current Exhibition

18 July 2015 to 15 Aug 2015
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11am - 6pm or by appt
Cherry and Martin
2712 S. La Cienega Blvd
2732 S. La Cienega Blvd
CA 90034
Los Angeles, CA
North America
T: +1 310.559.0100

T. Kelly Mason Infinite Regression (Arabian Peninsula From ISS) 2015
Acetate and vinyl on LED fixture, wiring, MDF, Plexiglas and aluminum
47 in. diameter x 3.5 in. deep, 119.38 cm diameter x 8.89 cm deep

Artists in this exhibition: T. Kelly Mason, Matt Paweski, Andrea Sala

T. Kelly Mason
June 20 - August 1, 2015
Opening reception: Saturday, June 20, 6-8 pm

Cherry and Martin is pleased to present an exhibition of new lightbox sculptures by T. Kelly Mason. This is Mason's second solo show at the gallery, his first since the gallery's successful solo presentation of his work last summer at Art Basel.

With a background in music and poetry, T. Kelly Mason's visual vocabulary is both spare and expressive, uncovering meaningful associations between seemingly disparate elements. For over two decades, Mason has produced work across a range of media, including sound, video, installation, painting, and sculpture, addressing the relationships between reality, perception, representation and interpretation. In his current exhibition, Mason uses these relationships as lenses to examine dichotomies of scale: internal vs. external, human vs. cosmic, actual vs. imagined.

One of Mason’s new works depicts Barnett Newman’s The Wild, now in MoMA’s permanent collection, as seen at the Betty Parsons Gallery. When this tall slender painting was first exhibited by Parsons in 1951, its peculiar stature bewildered and intrigued viewers. Measuring 8 feet tall by only 1.5 inches wide, The Wild commands attention and engages active viewership with its human-like uprightness and more-than-human height. Indeed, the scalar relationship of the artwork to the viewer was of primary importance to Newman who claimed, “Size doesn’t count. It’s scale that counts. It’s human scale that counts…  One of the nicest things anyone ever said about my work… is that when standing in front of my paintings that you had a sense of your own scale.” Mason preserves this effect by re-creating through paint and collaged lighting gels The Wild in its life-size proportions. Moreover, he references the work’s figurative scale - and its importance to art history - by illustrating it in the hallowed and sometimes harrowing 21st-century flow of information and ideas.

Similarly, Mason addresses issues of non-material or imagined scale in a series of light boxes depicting the US military’s controversial and enigmatic “Keyhole Satellites.” Ostensibly referred to as “optical reconnaissance satellites,” details of their function and production remain shrouded in secrecy, fueling a fire of speculation amongst fringe groups. Taking cues from these obsessively detailed speculations, such as the Keyhole Satellites’ purported resemblance to the Hubble telescope, Mason elucidates what “a paranoid version of a structure can be.” In Mason’s interpretation of the Keyhole Satellites, we can see the divergence between reality and perception, and how inference and projection can affect our awareness of scale.

T. Kelly MASON’s work is currently on view in Prospect 2015 (Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego). Mason has been included in exhibitions at such museums as the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA); Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA); Pinakothek der Moderne (Munich, Germany); Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY); Institute of Contemporary Arts (London, UK); Kunsthalle Dortmund (Dortmund, Germany); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA); Kunsthalle Basel (Basel, Switzerland); Suermondt Ludwig Museum (Aachen, Germany); Aachen Kunsthalle (Aachen, Germany); Salzburg Kunstverien (Salzburg, Austria); and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Humlebaek, Denmark). He lives and works in Los Angeles.


Matt Paweski and Andrea Sala
July 18 - August 15, 2015
Opening reception: Saturday, July 18, 6-8 pm

Cherry and Martin is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Matt Paweski and Andrea Sala. Intersecting perhaps only at their interests in the disciplines of design and architecture, Paweski's and Sala's works are wonderfully experiential due to their articulation of line and space and tactile material surfaces: paint-soaked wood, steel covered in powdery paint, candy-colored Bondo smoothed onto glass, Plasticine pressed into the cracks of shaped, buffed briar root.

Paweski and Sala's works slip slyly between drawing, sculpture, painting, and architecture. These artists co-opt the language of architecture and functional design to make their wall-bound and free-standing sculptures. The works on view in this exhibition highlight these shared interests and compliment each other in their contrasting forms--Sala's undulating, curvilinear, and painterly surfaces juxtaposed with Paweski's stark, geometric planes embedded with uniform color. Paweski, in particular, employs the terms of cabinet-making in the seductive surfaces, effortless joints, and delicate kerf-cuts of his wood and steel sculptures. Sala’s objects appear at once familiar--the inverted, stepped form of an 80s ceramic vase, column flutes, or the stem of a smoking pipe--and humorously subversive in their color palette and postmodernist spirit: the ceramic vase made into a capital-like support for a sheet of glass; the column flutes excerpted and coated in iridescent pigments; and the pipe stem sunk into a bulbous piece of briar root, patched with bright Plasticine.

Matt Paweski (b. 1980 in Detroit, MI) holds an MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA. Solo exhibitions include Herald St, London and South Willard, Los Angeles. His work has been included in group exhibitions recently at Wallspace, NY; Barrett Art Gallery, Santa Monica; The Pit, Los Angeles; 356 Mission, Los Angeles; and Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles. Paweski lives and works in Los Angeles.

Andrea Sala (b. 1976 in Como, Italy) holds an MFA from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan. Solo exhibitions include Federica Schiavo Gallery, Rome; Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Montréal, Canada; Musee D’art de Joliette; Fondation Guido Molinari, Montréal; London Metropolitan University; and Kaleidoscope Space, Milan. His work was recently included in group exhibitions at CO2, Turin; the Triennale di Milano, Italy; Espace de L'art Concret, Chateau de Mouans, France; and Museums Quartier Wien, Austria. Sala lives and works in Milan and Montreal.

Cherry and Martin is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10am-6pm and by appointment. The 2732 space is open Tuesday - Saturday from 11am-5pm and by appointment. For images and additional information, please contact or call 310 559-0100.

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