Matthias Neumann

Matthias Neumann

Educated as an architect in Germany my work fluctuates between a wide range of media, with a particular focus on public art and installations in the public sphere. While my work remains diverse, 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. It is within this context that I consider the majority of my work as an extended practice of architecture or site-specific spatial intervention. My work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including venues such as Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain (2010), the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania (2014), the former Public Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan (2013), the Queens Museum (2016), Montalvo Art Center, Saratoga, California (2016), Jule Collins Museum, Auburn, AL (2017) and the Cape Cod Museum of Art (2017), among others.

Over the past 4 years I have been engaged with a series of public interventions under the title “Basics”, exploring an abstracted notion of form, space and utility in public sculpture. The work wants to be experienced both as an abstract sculptural gesture in dialogue with its environment and a usable and interactive spatial installation in the public realm. Initially conceived as part of a larger museum installation at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest, Romania, the series has since had a substantial number of iterations throughout the US. All submitted work samples, and the proposed work for Gallatin Art Crossing relate and are part of this body of work.

Participating Pieces:


Basics #36

Basics #36

Medium: Wood | Price: $8,000 | Location: Bozeman Sculpture Park | Location Sponsor: Black Lable Construction Co. & Simkins Hallin