Matt Johnson: Untitled (Swan), 2016

Newly Commissioned Percent-for-Art Project

Matt Johnson, Untitled (Swan), 2016

Medium: Bent train track
120 x 138 ½ x 34 2/4 inches (25.4 x 351.79  x 87.63 cm)

Location: Vassar Street Residence Hall (W46)

Credit: Commissioned with MIT Percent-for-Art Funds


 Matt Johnson, Untitled (Swan), 2016 Matt Johnson, Untitled (Swan), 2016 Bent train track 120 x 138 ½ x 34 2/4 inches (25.4 x 351.79 x 87.63 cm)

The plaza outside of the Vassar Street Residence Hall serves as an ideal location for Matt Johnson’s Untitled (Swan) (2016).  Matt Johnson’s sculptures explore the paradox of visual forms through unorthodox and surprising materials. His works are inspired by everyday objects, which often become humorously absurd when the artist frees them of their original functions. Johnson’s Untitled (Swan), debuted in New York on the High Line in 2017 as part of a group exhibition, Wanderlust, which explored themes of walking, journeys, and pilgrimages. Derived from the artist’s doodles in a sketch book, and bent from an original rail track pulled from the High Line, the sculpture’s sinuous shapes and curves contort to create a three-dimensional drawing in space.

 Matt Johnson (b. 1978, United States) has exhibited widely in such international venues as The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2005, 2009); The Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2007); The Saatchi Gallery, London (2009); the Hydra Workshop, Hydra, Greece (2011). His work is represented in the collections of Perez Art Museum Miami, Florida; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Art, Oslo, Norway.

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