ABOUT MAT TOMEZSKO
Mat Tomezsko is an artist, writer, and curator living and working in Philadelphia, PA. He creates abstract paintings, public art installations, and community art projects informed by an urban aesthetic and based around participation and everyday visual language. His work was recognized by the 2017 Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Year in Review for outstanding public art. His artwork has been exhibited at art spaces such as the Crane Arts, Woodmere Art Museum, the Center For Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA), and Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia; Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, IL; the Delaware Contemporary in Wilmington, DE; and Thomas Hunter Projects in New York, NY. Tomezsko has created several public art projects including 14 Movements: A Symphony in Color and Words, a mile-long temporary mural installed in downtown Philadelphia during the 2016 Democratic National Convention; Look Long and Look Good, a series of 30 paintings currently installed along Main Street in Manayunk; and Flowering Axes, a mural in the 5th Street Vehicular Tunnel underneath the Ben Franklin Bridge.
His work is in the collection of the The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, Fox School of Business at Temple University, Capital One in Wilmington, DE; and various private collections in Philadelphia, PA; New York, NY; Baltimore, MD; Portland, ME; and beyond.
I am an artist making abstract paintings that are concerned with language, material, and process. My paintings and public art installations are informed by mid-century formalism and conceptualism. Taking a multi-disciplinary approach, I explore the connection between visual art and poetry, and incorporate everyday materials into the artwork. I embrace the uneasy tension that occurs when a word or material operates on a canvas as both a symbol and a visual element in the composition. My goal is to make work that contains a sense of contemporary life while making connections between various artistic traditions.
Community participation and public engagement are important aspects of my practice. I have presented dynamic art installations in public spaces. I have directly involved the public in the creation of community art projects. I have also used exhibitions in galleries as a platform to engage visitors through active programming.
Symbols and Sources:
The City Real & Imagined:
Juvenile In Justice:
Happier and Happier:
Look Long and Look Good:
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