The room sits in the middle of the building and has very high ceilings. Its two windows, placed almost at the top of one of the tall walls, face into the common area where other residents have their snacks and socialize. In spite of the heigh ceilings and beautiful hardwood floors the lack of a view presents a challenge in terms of providing a harmonious workspace.
Matthew Antezzo's installation of a hyper-materialized chair is a well suited response to the values and challenges of a contemporary residency program. A residency is always a unique opportunity to spend time in a new city, meet people and interact with a different branch of the international art community. A room with a chair, however, is just a room with a chair. “Get out into the city and spend your time there”, Matthew seems to be telling me.
Antezzo's work deals with the balance of an object's material and conceptual qualities. The work could be understood as a critique both of the somewhat maligned "studio based practice" and the artistic use of readymades. Neither a sketch nor a model, the sculptural work sits uncomfortably between the primary physicality of its material rawness and the heightened ideological context of its installation.
- Erlend Hammer, New York September 22nd, 2012.