Friday, April 27 – Friday, June 8, 2018
Dual opening reception Friday, April 27 5:30 – 8 p.m with Eli Gfell: /X
The Artist Talks: Eli Gfell, 7:00 p.m. in the Euclid Avenue Gallery
The Artist Talks: Matt Lambert will give his talk at the closing party
Closing party for Lambert and Gfell exhibitions Friday, June 8 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
The Artists Talks: Matt Lambert in the Main Gallery, 7:00 p.m.
We are a culture desensitized to, and even entertained by, violence at a time when sensitivity may be what we need the most. It’s just as the old adage goes in its entirety: “It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt… then it’s sport.” Matt Lambert’s new exhibition Fun and Games takes a critical look at the parallels between hyper-masculine sport and the appropriative patterns of culture. Does either activity constitute anything more than aggression and barbarism? Is there anything more to these actions than entertainment? Tapping into his rich background in Contemporary Jewelry, Lambert presents body objects within the recognizable framework of jewelry to ask the viewer to reinterpret masculinity, femininity, and queerness in the modern age. Lambert collaborates with multi-media artists of a vast array of disciplines to reconfigure the current cultural systems of queerness and our perception of “sport.”
Matt Lambert earned his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Metalsmithing (2014) and holds academic degrees and notations in Psychology, Art History, and American Studies from Wayne State University (2012). He recently completed his 2016-17 residency with Iaspis, the International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists, in Stockholm, Sweden.
Lambert was recently selected to be the front artist for Athens Jewelry Week in Greece this year “for his exceptional talent to produce conceptual pieces of jewelry, and for his interdisciplinary action.” AJW continued to iterate, “[h]e does not hesitate to cross boundaries and combine his art with photography, performance and choreography.” In anticipation of this Greek exhibition he participated in this extensive interview that deals with many of the themes present in his objects on view at The Sculpture Center. He will be moving most of his Sculpture Center exhibition to the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece after his installation here closes. Lambert also has an exhibition opening in Germany in March. You can visit that website here.
Visit Lambert’s own website here.
The artist’s statement can be found here.
The artist thanks the following people for their unstinting contributions to this new body of
Brandon Michael Hrusovsky
Jacob Koestler (@american_spirit)
Petr Kurecka (@petr_kurecka)
Kristina Sheufelt (@ksheufelt)
Adam Thomas with The Juice Box Studio (@thejuiceboxstudio)
Martin Talaga (@martin.talaga)
Choreographer and dancer
Irene LaVon Walker (@irenelavonwalker)
The Sculpture Center
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