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Matthew Geller

Visual Arts, 2000



In the 1980s, Matthew Geller switched his studio practice from primarily sculpture to the production of video works, reworking the structure and style of television storytelling with comic narratives that played off conventional genres—documentary, fairytale, melodrama. Employing fragmentation and disjunction as storytelling devices, Geller intercut several seemingly unrelated anecdotal stories into cohesive, if nonlinear, narratives. His focus on video culminated with a solo show From Receiver to Remote Control: The TV Set, at the New Museum in New York. Beginning with a fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, Geller integrated his skills as a storyteller and sculptor by creating intimate observed worlds in miniature. For the 15 years Geller has taken these ideas, expanded the scale, and extended the possibilities for site and a chaotic viewership by producing temporary and permanent public art.

Awards and Accomplishments

2017:

Geller's public art commission, Swaying Tide, opens in Norfolk, VA in October.

2017:

Geller's public art commission, Formosa, opens in Brooklyn in June.

2016:

Geller's public art commission, Woozy Blossom, installed at 21C Museum Hotel, Oklahoma City, OK.

2016:

Geller's public art commission, Triple Pasture, installed at Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR.

2016:

Geller's public art commission, Cypress Landing, installed at Zoo Miami, Miami, FL.

2016:

Geller's public art commission, One Puck Hollow, installed at the Great Plains Recreation Facility, Calgary, AB, Canada.

2016: Geller's Nautical Swing is selected for "Year in Review"—Best Public Art in 2015, Public Art Network, Americans for the Arts.

2016: Geller's Chroma Booster is selected for "Year in Review"—Best Public Art in 2015, Public Art Network, Americans for the Arts.

2015:

Geller's public art commission, Nautical Swing, installed at Hunters Point Shipyard, San Francisco, CA.

2015:

Geller's public art commission, Chroma Booster, installed in downtown El Paso, TX.

2013:

Geller's temporary installation, Anticipator, at the Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT.

2013:

Geller's public art commission, Greenway Blueway Byway Skyway, installed on the Happy Valley Greenway, Lenoir, NC.

2012:

Geller's public art commission, The Huddle , installed at the New Mexico Arts, New Mexico School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Albuquerque, NM.

2010: Geller's Open Channel Flow is selected for "Year in Review"—Best Public Art in 2009, Public Art Network, Americans for the Arts

2010:

Geller's installation, Woozy Blossom (Platabus nebulosus), at the Katonah Art Museum, Katonah, NY.

2009:

Geller's public art commission, Open Channel Flow, installed in Buffalo Bayou Park, Houston, TX.

2006: Geller's "Babble, Pummel & Pride" is selected for "Year in Review"—Best Public Art in 2006, Public Art Network, Americans for the Arts

2006:

Geller's temporary public art commission, Awash, installed in Collect Pond Park in Downtown Manhattan, NY.

2006:

Geller's installation, Babble. Pummel & Pride, at Evergreen House at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

2005:

Geller's installation, Whether you love me or not, at Wave Hill, The Bronx, NY.

2004: Geller's Creative Capital project Foggy Day is selected for "Year in Review"—Best Public Art in 2003, Public Art Network, Americans for the Arts.

2004:

Geller's installation, Sixty Weak Knees, at Arthouse, Austin, TX.

2004:

Geller's installation, Little white pearls in a puddle, at Summer Palace Garden, Düsseldorf, Germany.

2002:

Geller's Creative Capital public artwork, Foggy Day, installed on Cortland Alley in Downtown Manhattan, NY.