Ping Pong ball  
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Mathew Sawyer creates objects, actions and events that are both troublingly personal and unsettlingly familiar.

In an ongoing series, which the artist describes as 'documentary works', Sawyer chronicles nominal actions through text and photographs. From commemorating his birthday by anonymously placing a Ping-Pong ball with text regarding personal events that have taken place over the past year through a strangers’ letterbox, sewing 40,000 year old woolly mammoth hair into a Gap jumper then returning it to the oblivious shop attendant to be resold, to teaching a blackbird to take lunch with him then ceasing to feed her once her trust is gained. The presentation of each work is as slight as the intervention itself; Sawyer navigates between the tragicomic and poetic, intimate and universal, conceptual and emotional.

Drawing, watercolour and sculpture are another important part of Sawyer’s practice, often chronicling an imaginary recurring figure, this cartoonlike character transmogrifies from jocular to irksome, augmenting the sometimes-melancholic drive in the work. He appears in Sawyer’s sculptures that incorporate vapid porcelain figurines found in charity shops and car-boot sales; the once cared-for characters find themselves bear-hugged by a nebulous clay figure, or their features subsumed by an alternative physiognomy
 
For numerous years Sawyer's musical collective Mathew Sawyer and the Ghosts has expanded and underpinned the artist's lyricism; his third album, How Snakes Eat is soon to be released by Fire Records; previously records have been described as mixing a rare blend of humility, honesty and humour. Through this broad practice Sawyer imparts a sense of solitude, in which he both insinuates a distance between the artist, viewer and those he chooses to involve and a closeness through a shared familiarity of existential anxiety.

Mathew Sawyer lives and works in London Recent solo exhibitions include ROKEBY, 2011 and Hauser and Wirth's Swallow Street, 2009 curated by Sarah McCrory. Other solo exhibitions include Galleria Sonia Rosso, Italy, 2008 and 2005 and Jack Hanley Gallery, USA, 2005. In 2010 Sawyer was included in the Serpentine’s Map Marathon; he has shown at White Columns, New York, The Prague Biennial, The Whitechapel, The Approach, Lisson, The Royal Festival Hall, London and Kunstmuseum Luzern.

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Collectors' Preview and Vernissage (By Invitation Only)
16.05.2012

General Opening
17.05.2012 12:00 - 19:00
18.05.2012 12:00 - 19:00
19.05.2012 12:00 - 19:00
20.05.2012 12:00 - 17:00