Shana Nys Dambrot
What strikes me about Matteos work is its approachability. His ideas are sophisticated, emotionally nuanced, with challenging ideas and impressive craftsmanship. His forms combine the twin fantasies of science fiction with sensuality, and above all do not resemble traditional notions of what sculpture, video, or indeed any other work of art should look like. But they are based in experience and observation, they navigate the everyday surrealism found in the play of lights, the strains of a melody, the eyes of a watcher, the motions of a dancer, the patterns of industrycand so they are also familiar. In the end, they are absolutely surprising and compelling, with aspects to embrace and enjoy whether you are an academic, a critic, or an absolute beginner.
Shana Nys Dambrot is an art critic, curator, and author based in Downtown LA. She is the Arts Editor for the LA Weekly, and a contributor to Flaunt, Art and Cake, Artillery, Palm Springs Life.
She studied Art History at Vassar College, writes essays for books and catalogs, curates and juries a few exhibitions each year, is a dedicated Instagram photographer and author of experimental short fiction, and speaks at galleries, schools, and cultural institutions nationally. She is a member of ArtTable and the LA Press Club, and sits on the Boards of Art Share-LA and the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art, the Advisory Council of Building Bridges Art Exchange, and the Brain Trust of Some Serious Business