February 9th-March 9th 2008     At the James Gray Gallery

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At the James Gray Gallery
2525 Michigan Avenue Building D4
Santa Monica, CA

Santa Monica, CA— Opening Saturday, February 9th from 6 - 9pm the James Gray Gallery presents a new body of video-sculptures by artist-designer MATTEO.
MATTEO’s first one-person exhibition includes work that fluidly moves between forms constructed in real space and images constructed in virtual space. Light and solid form compliment each other in his highly innovative and conceptually intriguing work.

MATTEO adds, “This new series of work continues to channel intense visceral experience through formally simple, groundbreaking work. Each piece in the series will be complex, multi-layered and technology driven sculpture incorporating non-traditional materials such as fiber optic acrylic, one way mirrors, other glass optics, and other unexpected forms and materials.” His work and accolades in the design, commercial entertainment and advertising industries have kept him on the edge of contemporary culture in the broadest sense. His experience has also taught him the importance of the impeccable craftsmanship seen in this series.

Ben Ali – A Video Sculpture by MATTEO. 2007

7’6” H – 5” W- 2’ footprint. All wood construction veneered in Zebra and Australian Lace woods.  
Sunken 50” plasma screen behind 1000 acrylic ice cubes. Two HD video programs with audio play on the work:
A montage of morphing eyes change color over time. Approx 7 minutes
Multi colored cloud chamber bursts. Approx. 4 minutes
Since 2005 MATTEO’s video-sculptures Headspace and Spectre attracted first grants then phenomenal crowds at the Burning Man Festival, which has received growing interest from the mainstream art world since the 2005 edition of MIT’s art, science and technology journal. Leonardo was dedicated to work from Burning Man.  MATTEO’s large scale interactive art works drew enthusiastic attention from The New York Times, The San Francisco Gate, WIRED, Geek Times, CNET, LA Voice and featured on The Discovery Channel show, “Only In America”. To see this work please visit,
Curator Dr. Catherine Amidon says, "Matteo's work is a unique way of experiencing new media fused with sculpture. His technology driven sculptures reference the mediated post-modern experience through the fusion of the physical and virtual. His work has an elegant and refined presence, while light and animated imagery reflect fragments of and references to the contemporary visual culture that shapes our social environment."
Exhibition viewing hours at the James Gray Gallery are 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, Sunday-Monday by appointment. The public is invited, free of charge. For information call (310) 315 9502