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Grotesque Garden

Posted October 14, 2010

Greenwich House Pottery is pleased to present “Grotesque Garden”, an installation by New York-based artist Matt Nolen. Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, October 14th, 6-8pm.

Location: 16 Jones Street (between Bleecker and West 4th Streets).

Matt writes: “The Grotesque Garden is a narrative environment comprised of three-dimensional works of art that evoke the mystery and aura of contemplation found in a secret garden. The individual works draw inspiration from garden seating, fountains, grottoes, topiary and especially the statuary found in Italian Mannerist Gardens such as the “Monster Garden” of Bomarzo. Using the available allegories and metaphors found in natural cycles, landscapes and gardens, I hope to create a twisted world expressive of the joys and challenges of life in the 21st century.”


BODY: exploration of the human figure in clay

Posted June 27, 2010

Curating and showing at SURFACE LIBRARY Gallery, June 11 — July 5th, 2010.


Representations of the human figure in clay are as old as ceramics itself - more than 13,000 years of world history. ‘Body’, as curated by Matt Nolen, is an exhibition of contemporary ceramics by 6 New York artists providing diverse interpretations of figuration: vessel as metaphor, social and political commentary, depictions of heaven and hell, microscopic forms, body as shelter, oral obsessions and the culture of desire, arousal and consumption are just a few of the themes found in this exhibition.

Museum Acquisitions

Posted May 14, 2007

The Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY. will be acquiring SlimFast Dispenser,1994 as a promised gift of Lynn and Jeffrey Leff. The work will be on display when the museum opens in its new building on Columbus Circle in September 2008.

The M.H. de Young Museum, San Fransisco, CA. is acquiring Tranquility Set, 1996 as a part of the 200+ piece collection of Sanford Besser.  The work will be one of 130 objects featured in a full color catalog of the collection with an essay written by Timothy Burgard, Curator-in-Charge of the American Art Dept., The Fine Arts Museums of San Fransisco.
 Texas Tea

The Houston Museum of Fine Arts has recently acquired Texas Tea, 1993 as a part of the Garth Clark collection purchase.

Summer Events and Workshops


Salad Days

This benefit picnic for Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine is the highlight of a weekend of events including a Collector’s workshop, and the meeting of the Board of Trustees ( I am currently serving as Board President ).

July 11, 2008

more info:

Surface and Tiles

A six week class at the 92nd St. Y.

Mondays 3:30 - 6:30 pm

June 2 - 30, 2008

Upcoming Group Exhibitions

Posted March 8, 2007

Despots Despots, 2008.

NCECA Ivitational Exhibition 2008


Society of Contemporary Craft
Pittsburgh, PA

gardenseats-figures-nyfa-005.jpg Fuel Seat at Michael Berger Gallery


March 14 - April 26, 2008

Michael Berger Gallery

415 Gettysburg St.

Pittsburgh, PA

“Beyond the Ordinary”
Figurative characterizations in clay.

March 24 - June 15, 2007

Goldesberry Gallery
2625 Colquitt
Houston, Texas 77098

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