Matt Calderwood's first exhibition in a public gallery in the UK opens at BALTIC

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Matt Calderwood's first exhibition in a public gallery in the UK opens at BALTIC
Matt Calderwood, Paper Over the Cracks, installation view BALTIC 39 2013. Image: Courtesy the artist and BALTIC 39.

GATESHEAD.- Matt Calderwood (born Northern Ireland in 1975) is known for his often perilous performances, sculpture and film works. Calderwood's carefully controlled sculptural systems transform everyday household items such as buckets, wine glasses, basketballs and shovels into extraordinary structures where every part is physically essential to maintain a delicate status quo. Friction, counterbalance and leverage between these disparate objects are carefully orchestrated to avoid the system's complete collapse. Recent works made out of painted plywood, cast rubber and concrete continue his investigation into co-dependent relationships between groups of objects, all towards a common sculptural goal.

For his solo exhibition at BALTIC 39, his first in a public gallery in the UK, Calderwood created a series of ambitious new sculptures which explore decaying and collapsing systems and the impact of environment and process on simple everyday materials. The sculptures comprise multiple, identical elements that stack and interlock and can be built into various sculptural forms. Made of industrial welded steel, these robust forms have been given a fragile skin of paper. The works have been installed on the gallery’s roof terrace where they will weather and decompose to varying degrees, their delicate surfaces recording their exposure and deterioration. They will then be dismantled and reassembled inside the gallery space over the course of the exhibition.

In BALTIC 39’s second gallery space, Calderwood presents a new site-specific video installation in which he hasl set up a co-dependency between projected video and static sculpture. A selection of short films document performances in which the artist experiments with balance, tension, instability and risk. Calderwood utilises high power projectors to illuminate large reflective sculptural screens which are positioned in the space. The installation also includes a new film work, Strips (mirror) 2013 produced specially for BALTIC 39. Developed from a previous work Strips (vertical) 2005, a large bank of exposed strip lights is systematically smashed until a single tube remains and the process of the shoot is revealed.

The exhibition includes new work co-commissioned by BALTIC and De La Warr Pavilion.

MATT CALDERWOOD was born in 1975 in Northern Ireland, and studied Fine Art at University of Sunderland (1994-7) and Foundation Art and Design at Newcastle College (1993-4). He lives and works in London.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS: David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen (2012); Full-Scale, Wilkinson Gallery, London (2011); Galerija Simulaker, Novo Mesto, Slovenia (2011); Shatterproof, Maria Stenfors, London (2010); Works, Galleria Klerkx, Milan (2008); DAM, Galerie Martin Van Zomeren, Amsterdam (2008); Projections, David Risley Gallery, London (2007); Opening, Canon Marsh/Bristol Harbourside, Bristol (2007); Hot Air, Taxter and Spengemann, New York (2007); DIM, David Risley Gallery, London (2005); Lumber Room, Taxter and Spengemann, New York (2003).

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