Come On Dun Horse
May 18 - June 29, 2019
at Hamtramck Ceramk (at Portage Garage)
Good Weather is excited to present Come On Dun Horse by artist Matt Siegle. The show marks Siegle’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, on view at Hamtramck Ceramck (at Portage Garage) in Hamtramck, Michigan, a municipality encompassed by the city of Detroit. The exhibition opens May 18, 2019, and is on view until June 29, 2019, with open hours from 1–4 pm on Saturdays, or by appointment (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Comprised of new paintings and sculptures, Come On Dun Horse builds upon a body of work that desires to queer the pathos of the American West. The sculptures in the exhibition are mixed- media outgrowths of this staid body, drawing from Siegle’s field research between the Mississippi River and the Sierra Nevada. Four wall-based works anchor the exhibition on a directional compass inverted and positioned thirty degrees askew from the true cardinal directions. Two floor-based sculptures allude to transportation and resources, particularly in regards to water. Referring to sign posts and fountains, the sculptures are markers and wells for the outcast who ferrets through the rifts and fissures of the land.
Continuing Siegle's conceptually driven approach to materials and sources, selected paintings in Come On Dun Horse originate from the designs of calling cards and advertisements from country-western gay bars of the 1980s and 90s. Emphasizing an innuendo of coded language associated with yesteryear queer culture, the compositions present ulterior interpretations of classic stereotypes, at once earnest in their camp and human in their motivation for connection.
Matt Siegle (b. 1980) is a Los Angeles-based mixed-media artist. Exhibitions and performances include: Park View / Paul Soto (Los Angeles), YEARS (Copenhagen), NADA Miami Beach (Miami), SUNDAY (London), Artists Space (New York), Vernon Gardens (Los Angeles) organized by Good Weather, Anthony Greaney (Boston), Kunsthal 44 Møen (Denmark), Night Club (Chicago), Pacific Standard Time (Los Angeles), Et al. (San Francisco), Arturo Bandini (Los Angeles), Holiday Forever (Jackson, Wyoming), The Luminary (St. Louis), and PACT Zollverein (Essen). Siegle’s practice includes critical and creative writing, and in 2017 he co- published If The Head Fits, Wear It, an anthology on contemporary art and the Grateful Dead distributed by D.A.P. From 2013–16 he co-ran metro pcs, an artist-project gallery in Chinatown, Los Angeles. He received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2009.