Half a Pallet of Building Blocks
Half a Pallet of Building Blocks is a material translation and inversion that brings the current building industry together with mid to late 20th Century art historical references, whilst critiquing notions of craft and perceived value in labour.
The work is hand made and unique – but made out of very ordinary materials. It resembles a seemingly forgotten, half remaining pallet of building material, absurdly sitting in the middle of a picturesque walking track. It is also this idea of displacement or unusualness in an almost believable context that promotes the idea of potentiality elsewhere – a hypothetical questioning of where the other half of the blocks might exist, which also partially seeks to question the importance of the object itself.
Born in Wellington in 1973, Matt Ellwood gained his MFA (1st class) from Elam in 2003. Recent exhibitions include Il Fumo Tom Ford at Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland; Smoking Tom Ford at TGSCA, Sydney, the 2013 hSOTG, Waiheke; and Taste the Good Times at the Wallace Trust Gallery. The latter was a large survey of work made for, during, and between the residencies he won as part of the Wallace Awards. Matt Ellwood lives in Auckland where he is the Associate Head of Fine Arts at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design.
Represented by Melanie Roger Gallery