Matthew Deleget: Ponte Duro / Get Hard
Curated by Bryan Granger, Knight Curatorial Fellow
Bass Museum of Art
Miami Beach, FL 33139
April 5 – July 12, 2013
2300 Collins Avenue (corner of 23rd Street)
Miami Beach, FL 33139
With this series of abstract paintings, Brooklyn-based artist Matthew Deleget explores the connections between two seemingly disparate forms of creative output: minimalist painting and salsa music. To determine the title, color palette, and composition for each painting, Deleget used the random Shuffle feature on his iPod and a playlist of songs by the salsa supergroup Fania All Stars. This group originated in the 1960s in New York City, around the same time and place that Minimalism developed. By using the randomness of a shuffled playlist, Deleget is able to remove any semblance of the human gesture, creating work that both adheres to the tradition of minimalism and is informed by the vibrant grooves of the Fania All Stars. In connecting the visual and the sonic, Deleget’s practice extends the synesthetic experiments of early 20th century artists such as Vassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) and Arthur Dove (American, 1880-1946), and his work also identifies—both formally and conceptually—with the notable jazz-influenced Broadway Boogie Woogie, 1943, by Piet Mondrian (Dutch, 1872-1944).
Matthew Deleget’s work has been featured internationally, including at MoMA/P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, New York; Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis; Hunter College Times Square Gallery, New York; Alejandra von Hartz Gallery, Miami; and Cress Gallery of Art, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Tennessee, among others. In 2003, along with his wife, artist Rossana Martinez, Deleget founded MINUS SPACE, a gallery dedicated to the contextualization of reductive-based art.
About TC: Temporary Contemporary
TC: Temporary Contemporary is a city-wide temporary, public art program initiated by the Bass Museum of Art in partnership with the City of Miami Beach. This program seeks to activate the urban landscape with art, surprising and engaging residents, visitors and passers-by with outdoor works of art in unexpected places. Sculpture, murals, sound installations, video and other interactive works of art, will interrupt people’s daily routines and encourage thoughtful interactions with the city and its communities. Public art becomes a catalyst to appreciate the unique character of Miami Beach from the Art Deco façade of the Bass Museum to Frank Gehry’s New World Symphony, to the busy streets and boardwalk and the spaces in between.
TC: Temporary Contemporary is an ongoing project, as works of art explore interactions and relationships: to an environment, to a site and to each other. This general theme includes the nuances of communication and interactivity, as well as our physical relationship to architecture. The topography of the city will be pointed to, redrawn and redefined by some projects. Others will convey a sense of surprise via displacement, where seemingly common objects in public space are not what they appear. A number of projects are designed to promote new, vibrant meeting places for social interactions in the community.
Installation view of Matthew Deleget: Ponte Duro / Get Hard