Feb 03 2023 - May 07 2023


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Matt Paweski | Matrix 191

Trained in carpentry and fabrication, Los Angeles-based artist Matt Paweski makes hyper-formal sculptures from painted aluminum. Paweski’s works often suggest functionality, referencing industrial design and furniture making, yet they emerge from an intuitive, manual process of drawing, cutting, painting, reconfiguration, and experimentation. Lushly colored surfaces and crisp machine-like forms seduce viewers into optical experiences that swing between recognition and unfamiliarity. “Points of reference and inspiration are finely distilled through the process of making so that the viewer can find many personal touch points but no fixed references,” the artist has said. “[My works are] devices for expansion, introspection, and transcendence that propose new structures, architectures, designs, and possible paths forward—new views of the world.”

In his first solo museum exhibition, Paweski sets a new suite of modestly scaled tabletop and wall-mounted sculptures within an installation that mixes elements of architecture, furniture, and interior design.

MATRIX 191 is generously supported by the Wadsworth’s Contemporary Coalition.


Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street Hartford, CT 06103