Matt Paweski, VINYL STUDY #4 (MURAL), 2021, Vinyl adhesive on aluminum and acrylic in aluminum frame, 11 1/4 x 8 1/2 x 1 in 

Matt Paweski, BLOCK OUT, 2/3 SOFT, 2021, Aluminum, aluminum rivets, plastic, silicone, vinyl paint, 9 x 15 x 5 in 

Matt Paweski, VINYL STUDY #2 (Z), 2021, Vinyl adhesive on aluminum and acrylic in aluminum frame, 8 1/2 x 11 1/4 x 1 in

Matt Paweski, TRANSLATOR , 2021, Aluminum, aluminum rivets, silicone, vinyl paint, 10 1/2 x 21 x 7 in

Matt Paweski, LIGHT (EXPANDED APPEARANCE), 2021, Aluminum, aluminum rivets, rubber, LED strip lights and components, vinyl paint, 36 3/4 x 60 x 9 1/2 in 

Matt Paweski, QU33N 2 (ROSE/TEAL), 2021, Acrylic paint, 94 1/4 x 82 in 

Matt Paweski, TIMEPIECE, 2021, Aluminum, aluminum rivets, silicone, vinyl paint, 19 x 11 x 5 in 

Matt Paweski, NICKI (QU33N), 2021, Aluminum, aluminum rivets, silicone, vinyl paint, 18 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 8 3/4 in 

Matt Paweski, 1⁄2 BLOOM, SPRING, HINGE, 2021, Aluminum, aluminum rivets, silicone, vinyl paint, 16 1/4 x 11 x 4 3/4 in 

Matt Paweski, CRANK (GRAPE), 2021, Aluminum, aluminum rivets, silicone, vinyl paint, 16 1/2 x 10 x 5 1/2 in 

Matt Paweski, CAGE (SOUTHWEST), 2021, Aluminum, aluminum rivets, silicone, vinyl paint, 20 x 15 x 6 in 

Matt Paweski TEEM 

September 10 – October 31, 2021



For his second exhibition at Gordon Robichaux, Matt Paweski presents a new body of site-specific work. Installed across both spaces are painted aluminum wall-mounted and tabletop sculptures, a series of framed cut-vinyl drawings, a functional light sculpture mounted to the ceiling, and wall murals that directly engage the architecture of the gallery. Paweski’s work evidences his interest in design—functional and otherwise—and pits his reflexive, handmade process—drawing, cutting, bending, assembling, de-assembling, painting, riveting—against industrial production and material. Each work is created through a series of mental and physical shifts, a toggling between two and three dimensions from which his forms evolve through a process of intuitive logic.  

Works cohere as vibrational compositions by way of an eccentric parts-to-whole poetics that is both rigorous and playful. Sensual surfaces, rich color, and taut machine-like forms carve out positive and negative space and direct optical engagement: visual rhythms of entry, disruption, and movement cycle the eye across surfaces and through voids. Pops of color punctuate the forms and suggest a coded system of technical components: a safety latch, knob, power switch, handle, all with no clear function. Titles stimulate disparate senses—CRANK (GRAPE); SHADE (CONFECTION)—and evoke the relationship between the inanimate and animate—TIMEPIECE (MACAW + BROWN); ½ BLOOM, SPRING, HINGE.

As both a technophile and self-identified neo-Luddite, science fiction is a useful framework through which Paweski understands his practice. In particular, he finds affinity in science fiction’s exploration of dystopic and utopian themes and the possibilities of an imaginary future free from the constraints of logic, function, utility, and obligation. Says Paweski: “My works are informed by but freed from these constraints. The goal isn’t to try to solve an ergonomic problem. 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. They’re devices for expansion, introspection, and transcendence that propose new structures, architectures, designs, and possible paths forward—new views of the world.”

Matt Paweski was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1980 and is based in Los Angeles. He received an MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA. Paweski is represented by Gordon Robichaux, New York; Herald St, London; and Park View / Paul Soto, Los Angeles. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include Daisy Chain, Herald St, London (2020); Tre sculture e un disegno, Octagon, Milan, IT; Look out, Switch—Switch, Couples, Fountain, Park View / Paul Soto, Los Angeles (2018); Gordon Robichaux, New York (2018, with Sanou Oumar); Lulu, Mexico City (2018, with Ella Kruglyanskaya); Herald St, London (2017 and 2014); Ratio 3, San Francisco (2016); and South Willard, Los Angeles (2015). Group exhibitions include Lost Weekend, Galerie Allen, Librarie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France;  Sized, organized by Alexander May, Los Angeles; City Prince/sses at The Palais De Tokyo, Paris; Condo, Park View / Paul Soto, hosted by Kurimanzutto, Mexico City; Rock, PHIL, Los Angeles; A Page From My Intimate Journal (Part I) —, Gordon Robichaux, New York; Condo, Park View / Paul Soto, hosted by Queer Thoughts, New York; and Softcore, organized by Matt Paweski, South Willard, Los Angeles. 

In 2020, his first monograph, MP.19, was published by Zolo Press. 

His work has been reviewed and featured in numerous publications: The New Yorker, The New York Times, Apartmento, Mousse Magazine, Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles, Contemporary Art Daily, Artforum, Los Angeles Review of Books, Artnet, Dwell Magazine, Art in America, Flash Art International, and T Magazine

Matt Paweski, NSHADE (CONFECTION), 2021, Aluminum, aluminum rivets, plastic, rubber, silicone, vinyl paint, 13 1/2 x 22 x 15 in 

Matt Paweski, QU33N 1 (ROSE/TEAL), 2021, Acrylic paint, 94 1/4 x 82 in 

Matt Paweski, VINYL STUDY #3 (OPEN, OPEN), 2021, Vinyl adhesive on aluminum and acrylic in aluminum frame, 11 1/4 x 8 1/2 x 1 in 

Matt Paweski, VINYL STUDY #5 (BLK OUT), 2021, Vinyl adhesive on aluminum and acrylic in aluminum frame, 11 1/4 x 8 1/2 x 1 in 

Matt Paweski, DOUBLE CUFF, 2021, Aluminum, aluminum rivets, silicone, vinyl paint, 9 1/4 x 16 x 4 1/4 in