Meleko Mokgosi & Matthew Watson. Courtesy of Work.
WORK is pleased to announce the opening of Without, an exhibition of new work by Meleko Mokgosi and Matthew Watson. Mokgosi’s layered paintings on PMMA and Watson’s hyper-realist portraiture on copper are united by an examination of figurative surface as site of provocation. Without will also feature site-specific installation drawing and text by the two artists.
Meleko Mokgosi’s installation for Without can be formulated through the concept of a preposition. Mokgosi: “to explain the obvious; the meaning of a preposition, as something that governs a noun and or pronoun, and expressing a relation to another word or element in a clause – has been and remains seductive to me. That this word connotes spatiality qua temporality is key. Its possession of the capital necessary to define a substantive and indication of relationality is equally important.” Meleko Mokgosi has a B.A. in Studio Art from Williams College (‘07). He attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (‘07-’08) and is currently enrolled at the UCLA Interdisciplinary Studio (MFA) program.
Seen through a materialist art historical context, Matthew Watson’s portraits for Without mimic Northern Renaissance aristocratic portraiture, right down to the pigments and the media used for their completion: powdered venetian glass, fir balsams, silver-point, copper plates. Watson’s portraits are meticulously built objects that fetishize supposed authenticity, emphasizing surface and method of production above all else. Matthew Watson has a B.A. in Studio Art from Williams College (‘04).