Mathew Zefeldt


Antioch, USA, 1987

His work uses representational imagery as an element within a larger composition. It’s less about what the repeated image represents necessarily, but rather the interplay and relationships of the parts to the whole, and each other— reflecting the pluralist landscape we find ourselves in today. Zefeldt uses images from our life and culture, to reproduce them in an almost lifeless, systematic way. His interest in the aesthetics of digital collage is addressing the multiple visual languages and bringing them together in one plane, creating an overlay of styles and gestures that echo the fragmented, heterogeneous nature of contemporary reality.

Mathew Zefeldt is an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Minnesota. He was one of two national recipients of the Dedalus MFA Fellowship in 2011 and was included in New American Paintings Magazine. Zefeldt has had solo shows at The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, USA; Circuit 12, Dallas, USA; The Institute of Art in Minneapolis, USA; the Santa Monica Museum of Art, USA; Good Weather, Little Rock, USA; Hap Gallery, Portland, USA; Michael Rosenthal Gallery, San Francisco, USA, and Swarm Gallery, Oakland, USA. Zefeldt has been part of group exhibitions at Lisa Cooley, New York, USA; Eleanor Harwood, San Francisco, USA; MOHS, Copenhagen, Denmark and Circuit 12, Dallas, USA.

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Solo exhibitions

2018 | Hunter/Killer | Big Pictures LA, Los Angeles, USA

2016 | Desktop | The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, USA

2016 | Windows | Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, USA

2016 | Marble Head From a Herm | Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas, USA

2015 | Sunny Awnings | Good Weather Gallery, Little Rock, USA

2014 | Back & Forth: Collaborative Paintings (with Kyle Austin Dunn) | Hap Gallery, Portland, USA

2014 | Repetition, Simulation, Repetition | Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, USA

2013 | Forms Forming Forms | Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, USA

2013 | What Are I? | Swarm Gallery, Oakland, USA

2012 | Trying to See the Thing in My Head | Michael Rosenthal Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2010 | An Alternate Fantastic Reality | Skinner Howard Contemporary Art, Sacramento, USA

 

Group exhibitions (selection)

2017 | It Doesn’t Take Long to Find New Targets | The Take Courage Gallery, London, UK

2017 | Staring at the Sun | Big Pictures LA, Los Angeles, USA

2017 | Postcards from America | Celaya Brothers, Mexico City, Mexico

2017 | Summer Breaks | Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, USA

2017 | American Genre: Contemporary Painting | I.C.A. at Maine College of Art, Portland, USA

2017 | Bound and Boundless | sUgAR Gallery at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, USA

2016 | How High | Left Field, San Luis Obispo, USA

2016 | Brick x Brick | Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, USA

2015 | Mysterious Muck | Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas, USA

2015 | Retro Vertigo | Waiting Room, Minneapolis, USA

2015 | Ducks | Curated by Ryan Travis Christian. Minotaur Projects, Los Angeles, USA

2014 | The Number of Children/The Days of the Week | NADA Miami (Lisa Cooley), Miami, USA 2014 | Eric’s Trip | Lisa Cooley, New York, USA

2014 | Space for Possibility | Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, USA

2014 | Figure Ground | Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2013 | Horse of a Different Colour | MOHS Exhibit, Copenhagen, Denmark

2013 | Regis 10th Anniversary Faculty Exhibition | Katherine Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, USA

2013 | Swarm Gallery Booth | ArtMRKT, San Francisco, USA

2012 | The Diamond Sea | Fecal Face Dot Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2012 | Fall National Juried Exhibition | Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, USA

2012 | 6 Pack: Working Abs: Six Abstract Painters | Illges Gallery, Columbus, USA

2012 | Bay Area Currents: What We Can’t See But Want to See is Art | Pro Arts, Oakland, USA

2012 | Serenity Now | Artifact Gallery, Davis, USA

2012 | All Hail the Subgenius | Vermont Studio Center Gallery, Johnson, USA

2011 | Juried Annual 2012 | Pro Arts, Oakland, USA

2011 | Greatest Hits | Michael Rosenthal Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2011 | The House of Others: MFA Thesis Show | Richard L. Nelson Gallery, Davis, USA

2010 | Golden State Part 2: Delineation | RVCA Gallery, San Francisco, USA

 

Residencies

2012 | Artist in Residence, Vermont Studio Center

2011 | CSU River Fellows Resident Artist, Columbus State University

 

Awards

2017 | Grant-In-Aid, University of Minnesota

2016 | Imagine Fund Award, University of Minnesota

2013 | Imagine Fund Award, University of Minnesota

2011 | Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowship

2011 | Faye Nelson MFA Award, UC Davis 2010 Mary Lou Osborne Award, UC Davis

2009 | Freemon P. Gadbury Award, UC Davis

2009 | Irwin Project Grant. Awarded for Individual Research in Painting, UCSC

2009 | William Hyde and Susan Benteen Irwin Scholarship. Individual Scholarship, UCSC

2008 | Irwin Project Grant. Awarded for Individual Research in Painting, UCSC

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