Leif Gann-Matzen

July 1 – 12, 2014

A Durham native, Leif is a multidisciplinary visual artist who works primarily with sculpture, installation, and assemblage in order to explore our fundamental relationships towards objects, architectures, and living organisms. As our lives become increasingly more intertwined with technology, virtual interfaces, and ‘the screen’, it seems that we become more and more divorced from the world of physical objects and ultimately of nature. The eccentric diversity of form found in organic geometries is lost in our desire to flatten, sterilize, and mass produce our habitable spaces, the objects we manipulate, and even the concepts and worldviews that we ascribe to. The work reflects a conscious nostalgia for the physical manipulation of material and of organic geometries while attempting to co-exist within the trappings of manufactured, industrialized culture.

The process follows a strategy of intuitive, iterative based reasoning that allows for the incorporation of divergent materials, spacial configurations, and potential interpretations. The work is analogous to a small farm. The farm contains many elements that contribute to its overall function: built and organic architectures, tools, natural resources, living & dead organisms. These elements diverge greatly in how they occupy space & time, their physical make-up, and the energy that may be embedded or move through them. The million-year-old boulder that marks the front gate changes little compared to the fruit trees that will live and die past its perimeter, and will stay in relatively the same place compared to the shovel that changes position constantly as it is used to work the soil year after year. The concept of ‘the farm’ is actually one of a living organism that is not static. However, when you come to visit the farm and to sit beneath the apple trees and feel the breeze in the spring, all the elements coalesce to become a singularity: your experience of it in that moment. ‘The work’ operates in much a similar manner. The studio is much like a garden in that it is tended to, harvested, fertilized, and where unintentional discoveries are made. Tools, objects made by tools, waste, architectures, and evidences of life, all co-exist to produce the work—a living organism—made static only by conventions of the gallery for the purposes of being viewed.


Opening Reception: July 4, 6 pm

Artist Talk & Closing Reception: Friday, July 11, 6 pm


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