Matthias Neumann, Basics #42

Educated as architect my work fluctuates between a wide range of media, with a particular focus on installations in the public sphere. A recurring interest is the détournement of space, material assembly and related processes in ways that allow the audience to appropriate the work and to question notions of material and spatial ecology, negotiating usable versus visual experience of form and space. Basics #42 is part of a series of temporary public interventions under the title “Basics” that I have been engaged with for the past 5 years with installations throughout the US. While each object within this series is individual and specific to its site, all installations share a material and formal logic that is derived from 2×4 construction lumber. The work wants to be understood as a series of explorations relating to the specifics of temporary public art, exploring an abstracted notion of form, space and temporality.

Matthias Neumann is an artist and architect based in the USA and Germany. His projects have been presented at venues such as Manifesta 8, the National Museum of Contemporary Art Romania, Queens Museum, Jule Collins Smith Museum, and the Cape Cod Museum of Art, among others, in addition to a significant number of public art installations throughout the US.

He is the recipient of the Kaplan Director’s, and a fellow at MacDowell Colony, the Lower Austrian Architecture Network, I-Park, and Vermont Studio Center. He currently teaches at the Spitzer School of Architecture at City College New York.