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.