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Biography

Justin Matherly (b. 1972, West Islip, New York) is known for his large-scale sculptures referencing Greek and Roman antiquity. Cast in concrete, gypsum, fiberglass resin, and other contemporary materials, the works allude to corporeal and historical decay and entropy, eternal regeneration and continuity. Matherly’s work has been included in international exhibitions including “Lustwarande ‘19 – Delirious” at Park De Oude Warande in The Netherlands (2019); “Kunstler und Dichter (Artists and Poets)” at the Vienna Secession (2015); “A Triple Tour: Works from the Pinault Collection” at La Conciergerie, Paris (2014); the Public Art Fund’s 2012 show “Common Ground at City Hall Park;” and the Sculpture Center’s “In Practice Projects” in 2010. In 2017, Matherly presented his major work, Nietzsche’s Rock (2017) at Skulptur Projekte Münster, Germany. His work is represented in major museums and private collections worldwide, including the Helga de Alvear Foundation, Cáceres, Spain, and the Nasher Museum of Art, North Carolina. The artist currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Selected Works

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Justin Matherly Untitled (Fear, Anxiety and Joy), 2016 Modified gypsum, spray paint, acrylic paint, concrete, ambulatory equipment, stainless steel tube figure: 22 3/4 x 12 x 6 in. (57.8 x 30.5 x 15.2 cm); base: 32 x 20 x 11 1/2 in. (81.3 x 50.8 x 29.2 cm); sculpture: 54 3/4 x 32 x 17 1/2 in. (139.1 x 81.3 x 44.5 cm).

Justin Matherly
Untitled (Fear, Anxiety and Joy), 2016
Modified gypsum, spray paint, acrylic paint, concrete, ambulatory equipment, stainless steel tube
figure: 22 3/4 x 12 x 6 in. (57.8 x 30.5 x 15.2 cm); base: 32 x 20 x 11 1/2 in. (81.3 x 50.8 x 29.2 cm); sculpture: 54 3/4 x 32 x 17 1/2 in. (139.1 x 81.3 x 44.5 cm).

Justin Matherly Cost of living; mob above, mob below (w.t.n.c.g.l.), 2013 reinforced concrete, ambulatory equipment, stainless steel hardware, zip ties, spray paint, water based marker, 84 1/4 x 62 1/2 x 59 3/4 in. (214 x 158.8 x 151.8 cm) Installation view, "Lustwarande ’19 – Delirious," Park De Oude Warande, Tilburg, The Netherlands, June 15—October 20, 2019 ​Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

Justin Matherly
Cost of living; mob above, mob below (w.t.n.c.g.l.), 2013
reinforced concrete, ambulatory equipment, stainless steel hardware, zip ties, spray paint, water based marker, 84 1/4 x 62 1/2 x 59 3/4 in. (214 x 158.8 x 151.8 cm)
Installation view, "Lustwarande ’19 – Delirious," Park De Oude Warande, Tilburg, The Netherlands, June 15—October 20, 2019
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

Justin Matherly Handbook of inner culture for external barbarians (we nah beg no friend), 2013 concrete and ambulatory equipment, 295 x 45 x 121 in. (749.3 x 114.3 x 307.3 cm) Installation view, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, 2013

Justin Matherly
Handbook of inner culture for external barbarians (we nah beg no friend), 2013
concrete and ambulatory equipment, 295 x 45 x 121 in. (749.3 x 114.3 x 307.3 cm)
Installation view, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, 2013

Justin Matherly untitled, 2015 aluminum, concrete, spray paint, steel cable, marker, 51 x 40 x 20 in. (129.5 x 101.6 x 50.8 cm)

Justin Matherly
untitled, 2015
aluminum, concrete, spray paint, steel cable, marker, 51 x 40 x 20 in. (129.5 x 101.6 x 50.8 cm)

Justin Matherly Nietzsche's Rock, 2017 concrete, modified gypsum, ambulatory equipment, 138 x 276 x 118 in. (350.5 x 701 x 299.7 cm), Skulptur Projekte Münster, 2017 Photo: Henning Rogge

Justin Matherly
Nietzsche's Rock, 2017
concrete, modified gypsum, ambulatory equipment, 138 x 276 x 118 in. (350.5 x 701 x 299.7 cm), Skulptur Projekte Münster, 2017
Photo: Henning Rogge

Justin Matherly Untitled, 2019, modified gypsum, spray paint 75 1/2 x 54 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (191.8 x 138.4 x 14 cm)

Justin Matherly
Untitled, 2019, modified gypsum, spray paint
75 1/2 x 54 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (191.8 x 138.4 x 14 cm)

Justin Matherly Untitled (Sunrise/Sunset), 2015 Inkjet monoprint on paper, acrylic paint, crystal clear UV spray ​18 1/4 x 25 1/4 in. (46.4 x 64.1 cm)

Justin Matherly
Untitled (Sunrise/Sunset), 2015
Inkjet monoprint on paper, acrylic paint, crystal clear UV spray
18 1/4 x 25 1/4 in. (46.4 x 64.1 cm)

Justin Matherly Untitled (Fear, Anxiety and Joy), 2016 Modified gypsum,spray paint, aluminum powder, airplane ashtray, concrete, ambulatory equipment, figure: 44 x 34 x 20 1.2 in. (111.8 x 86.4 x 511 cm); base: 8 x 26 x 19 in. (20.3 x 66 x 48.3 cm); sculpture: 52 x 60 x 39 1/2 in. (132.1 x 152.4 x 100.3 cm).

Justin Matherly
Untitled (Fear, Anxiety and Joy), 2016
Modified gypsum,spray paint, aluminum powder, airplane ashtray, concrete, ambulatory equipment, figure: 44 x 34 x 20 1.2 in. (111.8 x 86.4 x 511 cm); base: 8 x 26 x 19 in. (20.3 x 66 x 48.3 cm); sculpture: 52 x 60 x 39 1/2 in. (132.1 x 152.4 x 100.3 cm).

Justin Matherly Justin Matherly: Pathos the pathetic, Installation view, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Maag Areal, Zürich, January 25 - March 14, 2020. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zürich.

Justin Matherly
Justin Matherly: Pathos the pathetic, Installation view, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Maag Areal, Zürich, January 25 - March 14, 2020. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zürich.

Justin Matherly Untitled, 2019 modified gypsum, spray paint ​overall: 94 3/4 x 71 1/2 x 5 inches (240.7 x 181.6 x 12.7 cm)

Justin Matherly
Untitled, 2019
modified gypsum, spray paint
overall: 94 3/4 x 71 1/2 x 5 inches (240.7 x 181.6 x 12.7 cm)

Justin Matherly Untitled, 2019, modified gypsum, spray paint 51 3/4 x 55 1/2 x 4 in. (131.4 x 141 x 10.2 cm)

Justin Matherly
Untitled, 2019, modified gypsum, spray paint
51 3/4 x 55 1/2 x 4 in. (131.4 x 141 x 10.2 cm)

Justin Matherly Installation view, Artists and Poets, Curated by Ugo Rondinone, Secession, Vienna, 2015. Photo: Jorit Aust.

Justin Matherly
Installation view, Artists and Poets, Curated by Ugo Rondinone, Secession, Vienna, 2015. Photo: Jorit Aust.

Justin Matherly The air thin and pure, 2014 ambulatory equipment, concrete, concrete sealer, spray paint ​40 x 35 1/2 x 23 in. (101.6 x 90.2 x 58.4 cm)

Justin Matherly
The air thin and pure, 2014
ambulatory equipment, concrete, concrete sealer, spray paint
40 x 35 1/2 x 23 in. (101.6 x 90.2 x 58.4 cm)

Justin Matherly Untitled (purple), 2013 inkjet monoprint, spray paint, archival UV spray, 37 5/8 x 51 in. (95.6 x 129.5 cm)

Justin Matherly
Untitled (purple), 2013
inkjet monoprint, spray paint, archival UV spray
37 5/8 x 51 in. (95.6 x 129.5 cm)

Justin Matherly Untitled (Fear, Anxiety and Joy), 2016 Modified gypsum, spray paint, acrylic paint, concrete, ambulatory equipment, stainless steel tube figure: 22 3/4 x 12 x 6 in. (57.8 x 30.5 x 15.2 cm); base: 32 x 20 x 11 1/2 in. (81.3 x 50.8 x 29.2 cm); sculpture: 54 3/4 x 32 x 17 1/2 in. (139.1 x 81.3 x 44.5 cm).

Justin Matherly
Untitled (Fear, Anxiety and Joy), 2016
Modified gypsum, spray paint, acrylic paint, concrete, ambulatory equipment, stainless steel tube
figure: 22 3/4 x 12 x 6 in. (57.8 x 30.5 x 15.2 cm); base: 32 x 20 x 11 1/2 in. (81.3 x 50.8 x 29.2 cm); sculpture: 54 3/4 x 32 x 17 1/2 in. (139.1 x 81.3 x 44.5 cm).

Justin Matherly Cost of living; mob above, mob below (w.t.n.c.g.l.), 2013 reinforced concrete, ambulatory equipment, stainless steel hardware, zip ties, spray paint, water based marker, 84 1/4 x 62 1/2 x 59 3/4 in. (214 x 158.8 x 151.8 cm) Installation view, "Lustwarande ’19 – Delirious," Park De Oude Warande, Tilburg, The Netherlands, June 15—October 20, 2019 ​Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

Justin Matherly
Cost of living; mob above, mob below (w.t.n.c.g.l.), 2013
reinforced concrete, ambulatory equipment, stainless steel hardware, zip ties, spray paint, water based marker, 84 1/4 x 62 1/2 x 59 3/4 in. (214 x 158.8 x 151.8 cm)
Installation view, "Lustwarande ’19 – Delirious," Park De Oude Warande, Tilburg, The Netherlands, June 15—October 20, 2019
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

Justin Matherly Handbook of inner culture for external barbarians (we nah beg no friend), 2013 concrete and ambulatory equipment, 295 x 45 x 121 in. (749.3 x 114.3 x 307.3 cm) Installation view, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, 2013

Justin Matherly
Handbook of inner culture for external barbarians (we nah beg no friend), 2013
concrete and ambulatory equipment, 295 x 45 x 121 in. (749.3 x 114.3 x 307.3 cm)
Installation view, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, 2013

Justin Matherly untitled, 2015 aluminum, concrete, spray paint, steel cable, marker, 51 x 40 x 20 in. (129.5 x 101.6 x 50.8 cm)

Justin Matherly
untitled, 2015
aluminum, concrete, spray paint, steel cable, marker, 51 x 40 x 20 in. (129.5 x 101.6 x 50.8 cm)

Justin Matherly Nietzsche's Rock, 2017 concrete, modified gypsum, ambulatory equipment, 138 x 276 x 118 in. (350.5 x 701 x 299.7 cm), Skulptur Projekte Münster, 2017 Photo: Henning Rogge

Justin Matherly
Nietzsche's Rock, 2017
concrete, modified gypsum, ambulatory equipment, 138 x 276 x 118 in. (350.5 x 701 x 299.7 cm), Skulptur Projekte Münster, 2017
Photo: Henning Rogge

Justin Matherly Untitled, 2019, modified gypsum, spray paint 75 1/2 x 54 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (191.8 x 138.4 x 14 cm)

Justin Matherly
Untitled, 2019, modified gypsum, spray paint
75 1/2 x 54 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (191.8 x 138.4 x 14 cm)

Justin Matherly Untitled (Sunrise/Sunset), 2015 Inkjet monoprint on paper, acrylic paint, crystal clear UV spray ​18 1/4 x 25 1/4 in. (46.4 x 64.1 cm)

Justin Matherly
Untitled (Sunrise/Sunset), 2015
Inkjet monoprint on paper, acrylic paint, crystal clear UV spray
18 1/4 x 25 1/4 in. (46.4 x 64.1 cm)

Justin Matherly Untitled (Fear, Anxiety and Joy), 2016 Modified gypsum,spray paint, aluminum powder, airplane ashtray, concrete, ambulatory equipment, figure: 44 x 34 x 20 1.2 in. (111.8 x 86.4 x 511 cm); base: 8 x 26 x 19 in. (20.3 x 66 x 48.3 cm); sculpture: 52 x 60 x 39 1/2 in. (132.1 x 152.4 x 100.3 cm).

Justin Matherly
Untitled (Fear, Anxiety and Joy), 2016
Modified gypsum,spray paint, aluminum powder, airplane ashtray, concrete, ambulatory equipment, figure: 44 x 34 x 20 1.2 in. (111.8 x 86.4 x 511 cm); base: 8 x 26 x 19 in. (20.3 x 66 x 48.3 cm); sculpture: 52 x 60 x 39 1/2 in. (132.1 x 152.4 x 100.3 cm).

Justin Matherly Justin Matherly: Pathos the pathetic, Installation view, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Maag Areal, Zürich, January 25 - March 14, 2020. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zürich.

Justin Matherly
Justin Matherly: Pathos the pathetic, Installation view, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Maag Areal, Zürich, January 25 - March 14, 2020. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zürich.

Justin Matherly Untitled, 2019 modified gypsum, spray paint ​overall: 94 3/4 x 71 1/2 x 5 inches (240.7 x 181.6 x 12.7 cm)

Justin Matherly
Untitled, 2019
modified gypsum, spray paint
overall: 94 3/4 x 71 1/2 x 5 inches (240.7 x 181.6 x 12.7 cm)

Justin Matherly Untitled, 2019, modified gypsum, spray paint 51 3/4 x 55 1/2 x 4 in. (131.4 x 141 x 10.2 cm)

Justin Matherly
Untitled, 2019, modified gypsum, spray paint
51 3/4 x 55 1/2 x 4 in. (131.4 x 141 x 10.2 cm)

Justin Matherly Installation view, Artists and Poets, Curated by Ugo Rondinone, Secession, Vienna, 2015. Photo: Jorit Aust.

Justin Matherly
Installation view, Artists and Poets, Curated by Ugo Rondinone, Secession, Vienna, 2015. Photo: Jorit Aust.

Justin Matherly The air thin and pure, 2014 ambulatory equipment, concrete, concrete sealer, spray paint ​40 x 35 1/2 x 23 in. (101.6 x 90.2 x 58.4 cm)

Justin Matherly
The air thin and pure, 2014
ambulatory equipment, concrete, concrete sealer, spray paint
40 x 35 1/2 x 23 in. (101.6 x 90.2 x 58.4 cm)

Justin Matherly Untitled (purple), 2013 inkjet monoprint, spray paint, archival UV spray, 37 5/8 x 51 in. (95.6 x 129.5 cm)

Justin Matherly
Untitled (purple), 2013
inkjet monoprint, spray paint, archival UV spray
37 5/8 x 51 in. (95.6 x 129.5 cm)