Golden Family_Matt Golden


Artist Statement 

In our age the individual is reduced to an indifferent component of production process and to a dull and shallow consumer. The fact that individuals are unable to form an organic unity with their environment leads to isolation of them in a mechanical life where individuals are deprived of the feelings of pleasure and excitement. The melancholic and pessimistic affect of modern spaces forces human beings to question their own nature. Modern spaces with the feeling of crowded- ness they create represent individuals’ cruel indifference and numb selflessness. Modern spaces obliterate individuals’ lively feelings. Abounded spaces, on the other hand, while representing a past life with its expressions, make one wonder about the meaning of obliteration. Spaces with historical continuity and uniqueness reflect the momentary singularity of the feelings extending to the “past”. As the spaces differentiate, the feelings affected by them also diversify. However, what is being lived in our time is the depreciation of the diversification and thus the loss of the sanctity of ‘times’. 

Matt Golden / Golden Family, b. 1974, Salisbury, lives and works in London.

Selected solo exhibitions include; ​A Pony / A Bridge / Mountain / Rain, Pi Artworks London, UK (2019); The Rehearsal,​ Baltic 39 - Figure Four, Newcastle, UK (2017); ​Bisons​, Limoncello Gallery, London, UK (2017), ​An Economy of Means​, SGFA - Shalini Ganendra Fine Arts Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2012); House of Nguyen,​ Limoncello Gallery, London, UK (2012); ​More Bit Parts In Little Theatres,​ Bischoff/Weiss, London, UK (2011); ​Sensitivity to the Impermanence of Being​, Art House Foundation, London, UK (2011); ​The New Bomonti Club​, Wohnung Felix Rehfeld, Bremen, Germany (2008). 

Selected group exhibitions include; ​Islands, ​Annely Juda Fine Art, London, UK (2018); ​FOAM, Project/Number, London, UK and tour (2014); ​Wonderland​, Annely Juda Fine Art, London, UK (2013); ​Une Exposition Sans Texte,​ Maison d'Art Bernard Anthonioz, Paris, France (2013); ​A Spoken Word​ Exhibition, curated by Mathieu Copeland, Musee du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France (2013); ​Keeping up Appearances​, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany (2012); ​Plus, Museum Wiesbaden, , Wiesbaden, Germany (2007). 

Selected awards and art residencies include; Yoma Sasburg Award for Sculpture, The Arts Foundation, Brighton, UK (2011); Vordemberge-Gildewart Scholarship, Vordemberge-Gildewart Foundation, Lachen, Switzerland (2006); SGFA Gallery Residence, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2012); Ultra Factory, Kyoto Zokei University, Kyoto, Japan (2011).


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