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THURSDAY MAY 17, 2012
Hambidge 2012 Art Auction + Performance Gala

Auction featuring new artwork by Matt Sigmon. It's hidden in a corner somewhere.
All proceeds go toward Hambidge residencies for today’s brightest talents at our 600-acre creative sanctuary in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Goat Farm Arts Center
1200 Foster Street
Atlanta, GA
Event: Saturday May 19, 2012 6:00PM-11:00PM

For more information:
Hambidge: Creative Residency Program




WEDNESDAY JANUARY 18, 2012
The Art Officials receive an Idea Capital Grant

Idea Capital supports Atlanta-area artists who make risky and challenging work that might not otherwise receive funding.

For more information:
Idea Capital: Idea Grants for Atlanta Artists




WEDNESDAY JANUARY 11, 2012
100,000 Cubicle Hours (Opening: Friday January 13, 2012)

Curated by Dash Directors Beth Malone and Courtney Hammond
Featuring Nikita Gale, Andrew Hammond, Takuro Masuda, Matt Sigmon

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
535 Means Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Jan. 13 - Mar. 24, 2012
Opening: Friday January 13, 2012 8:00PM-midnight

For more information:
The Atlanta Contemporary Art center
Dashboard Co-Op

Reviews:
Review: In Contemporary’s “Day Job: Georgia” and “100,000 Cubicle Hours,” artists make the most of work
Day Job: Georgia struggles with its workload




SATURDAY OCTOBER 1, 2011
Open Studio Fall Celebration Extravaganza! (Opening: Sunday October 16, 2011)

Please join us for a fall celebration at our compound. On exhibit will be new & in progress works by sculptors Matt Sigmon, Patrick Toups, and Julia Hill. Live mural painting by Peter Ferrari! Good Food Truck! Pumpkin Carving Contest! Libations! Games! Giant puppets! Please park along Garden Circle. Entrance will be on 2nd Avenue. Bring your own pumpkin or arrive early to carve one available for purchase. Judging will be at 10pm. (Prizes!)

The 2080 Compound
2080 2nd Ave
Decatur, GA
Opening: Sunday October 16, 2011 5:00PM-11:30PM





WEDNESDAY SEPTMEBER 28, 2011
The Art Officials present FLUX 2011: We Been Had Dat! (Opening: Friday September 30, 2011)

Completely unofficial and unsanctioned performance by the Art Officials scheduled during FLUX 2011. Pay attention to the sign spinner.

FLUX 2011
Castleberry Hill Arts District
At the intersection of Nelson and Walker Streets
Atlanta, GA
Event: Friday September 30, 2011 8:00PM-midnight

For more information: Flux Projects
The Art Officials




TUESDAY MARCH 1, 2011
BOOM! Art as a result of Bubble and Bust Culture (Opening: Saturday March 12, 2011)

BOOM! is a collection of art by young artists whose work represents what it means to live in a culture created and dominated by multiple bubble and bust cycles. All of the work in this show has been made since the latest bust, that of the Real Estate Boom, by artists who are children of the Baby Boomers.

Artists include: Jeanie Jo (LA), Quint Stevenson(Bkyln), Joseph Karg(Atl), Lance Turner(Atl), Damien Hirst(UK), The Art Officials(Atl), Nimer Aleck(Atl), and Maria Raquel Cochez(Atl), and Cooper Holoweski(Bklyn). Curated by Casey Lynch

BOOM!
Picaflor Studios
195 Arizona Ave, Suite 3
Atlanta, GA 30307
Opening: Saturday March 12, 2011 7:00PM-9:00PM

For more information: Picaflor Studios
The Art Officials




WEDNESDAY JANUARY 26, 2011
The Rule of Five: An Art Exhibition of Vessels

The Rule of Five: An exhibition featuring new artwork by Carl Billingsley, Christian Benefiel, Matt Sigmon, Etienne Jackson and Stuart Kent.

January 29, 2011 through May 22, 2011

Exhibition features five artists and their different approaches to the concept of the vessel as rendered in a vast array of media including carved wood, cast metal, fabricated steel, inflatable fabric, cast and fabricated plastics, and carbon fiber.

The Galleries at the Maria V. Howard Arts Center
The Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences
270 Gay Street
Rocky Mount, NC
Opening: Sunday January 30, 2011 2PM - 4PM

For more information: The Art Center at the Imperial Centre - Rocky Mount, NC




THURSDAY OCTOBER 28, 2010
The Art Officials, and Atlanta, Celebrate Photography

Join us Saturday night for the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Closing Party.

Atlantic Station Shopping District
18th Street NW and Atlantic Drive (Above Doc Greene's)
October 30, 6pm to 10pm

Two brand new and never-before-seen Art Officials photographs will be on exhibit!

The photography of 70 other artists will also be on display.

For more information: ACP Info
The Art Officials Celebrate Photography




MONDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2010
The Art Officials present a Portrait Unveiling at 9PM followed by Autograph Signing (FLUX 2010 - Atlanta, GA)

Get a limited edition photograph signed by The Art Officials! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Valid while supplies last.

FLUX 2010
Friday October 1st, 2010, 9PM
Castleberry Hill Art District
378 Nelson Street SW
(located where Walker, Nelson, and Mangum streets intersect)
Atlanta, GA

For more information: FLUX 2010 - The Art Officials (Antonio Darden and Matt Sigmon)
The Art Officials Portrait Unveiling at FLUX 2010: A Look Back




TUESDAY APRIL 27, 2010
The Art Officials present All Gold Everything, Friday May 7th, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday April 27, 2010

There is only one Antonio Darden. There is only one Matt Sigmon.

Together, they are The Art Officials.

On May 7th, 2010, fans of The Art Officials will be given the chance to become part of art history, as the duet releases new artwork for exhibition at the launch party entitled, All Gold Everything, to be held at Studioplex's Suite 143. All Gold Everything, a show which has been made possible due to the generous lack of support by Tappan Heating and Cooling Products, New York Goes to Hollywood, and many, many others. Speaking with both artists, Matt Sigmon and Antonio Darden, it becomes apparent why these talented young men have longevity in a business where a month can seem like a long time: "We are keeping it one hundrick, we are loyal to our fans, they understand us and stand behind the quality and production of our products, we keep it real with everyone. We're fixing to do this real big and for those that don't know, this is a mix compact disc not a mixtape", states the charismatic Matt, with Antonio shoulder side affirming the statement with his trademark head nod holding up the All Gold Everything show card which they are both proud of."With All Gold Everything, we want to connect the world by sharing the joy of celebrating community and the passion for living," added Antonio. "I believe we will do that on May 7th. Our hope is that by witnessing and/or being a part of All Gold Everything, one will see for oneself that any dream, vision, idea, passion, one has can be realized." The Art Officials have received many critical acclaims such as the prestigious International Award of Excellence as well as many national and local merits.

"All Gold Everything is an once-in-a-lifetime event honoring The Art Officials' life work and work ethic."

"A true breath of talent, the Art Officials are a threat to art with more art to come."

Show information:
All Gold Everything
Friday May 7th, 6PM to 10PM

Location:
Studioplex
659 Auburn Avenue N.E. Suite 143
Atlanta, GA 30312

For more information: All Gold Everything - The Art Officials
Creative Loafing: All Gold Everything drops at Studioplex tonight




TUESDAY MARCH 9, 2010
Dashboard Co-op Art Exhibition and Launch Party (Blue Tower Gallery - Atlanta, GA)

"On March 20, come to Blue Tower Gallery in the West End to meet the site's artists, local musicians and the fanboys that founded the whole thing to begin with. In addition to GIANT works from all 11 Dashboard artists (Matt Sigmon, Paper Twins, Nikki Starz, Patrick Toups, Baxter Crane, Jason Travis, John Dirga, Emily Norman, James Bridges, Erica Wilson, and Tak Masuda), we'll have food, booze, dancin, film, fire, motorcycles and a whole lot of pretty girls. Music from: Jeffrey Butzer and Tom Cheshire, The Back Pockets, Walker, Joseph War and DJ Luis Ponce. Dashboard aims to empower artists and to make sure their work is seen by those who will appreciate it. We truly hope you can make it to our party -- no one deserves to be there more than you."

Dashboard Co-op Art Exhibition and Launch Party
Blue Tower Art Gallery
675 Metropolitan Pkwy. #1113
Atlanta, GA, 30304
Saturday March 20, 2010 8-12 PM

For more information: Dashboard Co-Op




MONDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 2009
The Art Officials Film Screening (Le Flash 2009 - Atlanta, GA)

The Art Officials (Matt Sigmon and Antonio Darden) will make their film debut on Friday October 2nd, 2009 during Le Flash in the Castleberry Hill Art District. Celestino Rodriguez Presents An Art Officials Film to be screened at 9:00PM, 10:00PM, and 11:00PM.

Le Flash 2009
The Art Officials - Film Screening
Castleberry Hill Art District
Atlanta, GA
Friday October 2, 2009 9:00PM/10:00PM/11:00PM.

For more information: Film Screening - The Art Officials




FRIDAY AUGUST 28, 2009
Fresh 2009 Emerging Artists Exhibit (Association for Visual Arts - Chattanooga, TN)

"AVA's commitment to supporting young and emerging artists remains a touchstone of the organization. Every year, AVA hosts an exhibition of emerging visual artists from the region. This competitive, juried exhibit is designed to showcase artists who display artistic promise, commitment to their work, and fresh ideas. This opportunity is only open to artists who have not had a major solo show and have no gallery representation. This year, AVA is pleased to present ten emerging artists, representing 4 states and 7 colleges and universities: Matt Christy, Lindsay Lewis Ethridge, Sharon Farrelly, Kara Gunter, Michael Iauch, Amanda Ladymon, Alison Oakes, Marie Porterfield, Charlie Shepard, and Matt Sigmon."

Fresh 2009
Association for Visual Arts
30 Frazier Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37405
September 8 - October 23, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday September 12, 2009 5:30PM to 8:00PM

For more information: Fresh 2009 Exhibition Photos
Fresh 2009 - Cinderblock/Matt Sigmon - Video




THURSDAY APRIL 16, 2009
The Object Symposium (Chicago, IL)

"In these tough economic times who are the artists we need now? The Object Symposium will seek to answer that question or at least start the conversation. Join a group of pioneers, innovators, and artists for an afternoon of 'show and tell' with their objects that embrace these hard times with ingenuity. Participate in demos, conversations, and performances with Ikimono, Trey Burns, Max Alexander & Davy Bisaro, Melody Williams, Eric Mercer, Ryan Dunn as Instinct Control, Alex Lee, Johana Moscoso, Matt Sigmon, The Franks, Jason Gabriel, Michael Tweed, Yogi Proctor, and Justin Block."

The Object Symposium
St. Paul's Cultural Center
2215 W. North St.
Chicago, IL
April 18, 2009 at 12:00PM

For more information: The Object Symposium




THURSDAY APRIL 2, 2009
National Conference on Cast Iron Art (The Non-Iron Pour Iron Pour)

The Art Officials (Matt Sigmon and Antonio Darden) will make their artistic debut in the afternoon of Saturday April 4th, 2010 at the National Conference of Cast Iron Art.

"The performance will simulate many of the actions, processes, and teamwork associated with the production of cast iron. However, no actual cast iron will be melted or involved in the performance. Fire and furnace operation will not be part of the performance. Molds may also be utilized during the performance. The performance will featuring the following ingredients: mango, pineapple, banana, orange juice, ice cubes, a potato, a blender, and a crew of approximately ten fully-leathered participants (performers to be announced)."

Performance: The Non-Iron Pour Iron Pour National Conference on Cast Iron Art
Sloss Furnaces
Twenty 32nd Street North
Birmingham, AL 35222
Afternoon April 4th,2009

For more information: Non-Iron Pour Iron Pour - The Art Officials




TUESDAY MARCH 31, 2009
National Conference on Cast Iron Art (Panel Discussion - Birmingham, AL)

Fifty Years of Influences in Contemporary Cast Iron Sculpture and New Trends in Cast Iron Aesthetics

I will be participating in a panel discussion on Friday April 3rd at 2:00 PM.

Chair: Hanna Jubran
Panelists: Kate Sanerib, Kurt Dyrhaug, Matt Sigmon, Wayne Potratz, Melissa Van Sandt

"This panel will discuss casting and trends in the field of sculpture which began in 1960 at the Cranbrook Academy by Julius Schmidt and continues to grow and develop. Fifty years of history, art making and smelting iron, which generated new ideas and concepts and the development of new trends and styles at universities and colleges around the world. At the fifth international Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Sculpture we discussed and attempted to bridge "Iron Art and Technology; Past Present and Future" But how? And what kind of mechanism or way to compete with new technology art and form with old processes? We use iron as a mean of expression and imagination. Using the materials and its properties of temperature, fluidity and inherent nature of color as a new aesthetic. In the past iron regarded as a new technology; manipulating iron throughout history for our needs and desires."

National Conference on Cast Iron Art
Sloss Furnaces
Twenty 32nd Street North
Birmingham, AL 35222
April 3rd at 2:00PM

For more information: National Conference on Cast Iron Art - Sloss Furnaces - Birmingham, AL




SUNDAY MARCH 1, 2009
Upcoming Solo Exhibition
March 9 - 13, 2009
Closing Reception: Friday March 13, 6 - 9 PM

Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design Gallery
Georgia State University

Consumer Goods?
an exhibition of works by Matt Sigmon

A requirement of the Master of Fine Arts degree of Georgia State University

"How may I help you?"
"I'd like to return this cinderblock. It's not quite what I'm looking for."
"It's a cinderblock, isn't it?"
"Well, it is and it isn't...if you understand what I mean."
"I'm afraid I don't."
-Transcribed 12/27/2008 3:15 PM

When Jean Baudrillard asserted that "the banality of art had merged with the banality of the real world," he was highlighting the potential that today every object, without distinction, could be called art. Marcel Duchamp, with the advent of the readymade, helped to achieve this end. Because the aesthetics of the commonplace object can bear the same weight as the aesthetics of the high art object simply based on its contextual location, the art object�s aesthetic form signifies nothing. As a result, the last bastion of art's purpose lies in the thoughts the object can elicit in the viewer.

Consumer Goods? is an exhibition exploring the dichotomy of consumer commodity and fine art object. All the objects in the exhibition are handcrafted copies of original, industrially manufactured commodities.

How does an art object attain its value? Does an object's worth stem from the uniqueness of artistic labor used to create it? Does its value simply come from the conceptualization that is possible when viewing an item as an art object within a particular location or context? Or does an object always retain the original idea of itself regardless of context? When does a cinderblock cease to exist as a mere building material?

"In Paris, in the early days, there were 17 persons who understood the 'readymade'--the very rare readymades by Marcel Duchamp. Nowadays there are 17 million who understand them, and that one day when all objects that exist are considered readymades, there will be no readymades at all. Then Originality will become the artistic Work, produced convulsively by the artist by hand."
-Salvador Dali

Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design Gallery
Georgia State University
10 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303
404-413-5221

Gallery Hours: Mon - Fri 10 am - 6 pm

Note: Etienne Jackson will simultaneously be showing in the larger, adjacent GSU gallery.







SATURDAY JANUARY 31, 2009
Upcoming Solo Exhibition

MFA Thesis Exhibition
Small Gallery
Georgia State University School of Art & Design Gallery
10 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303
March 9-13th 2009
Gallery open Monday through Friday: 10 am - 6 pm
Closing Reception: March 13th, 6-9 PM

Note: Etienne Jackson will simultaneously be showing in the larger, adjacent GSU gallery.






SATURDAY JANUARY 10, 2009
Upcoming Exhibitions

Florida Community College at Jacksonville South Gallery
11091 Beach Blvd Jacksonville, FL
Jan 5-29th 2009
Closing Reception: Jan 29th,5-7pm

University of North Florida Gallery
Jan 5-29th 2009
Closing Reception: Jan 29th 6-8pm

Georgia Perimeter College
Atlanta, GA
February 16th - March 13th 2009
Opening Reception: Feb 16th 2009

These exhibitions are the result of a year-long, nationwide collaborative sculpture project.
For more information: www.imagillaboration.org



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