Photograph by: Ryan S. Brandenberg
ABOUT MAT TOMEZSKO
Mat Tomezsko is an artist from Philadelphia creating abstract paintings, public art installations, and community art projects based around participation and everyday visual language. His approach to composition is informed by mid-century formalism and conceptualism. His work was recognized by the 2017 Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Year in Review for outstanding public art. Tomezsko’s artwork has been exhibited at numerous art spaces regionally and nationally, including 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. He has created several notable 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 Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, Fox School of Business at Temple University, Capital One in Wilmington, DE; and various private collections.
My paintings and public art installations are informed by mid-century formalism and conceptualism. I Take a multi-disciplinary approach, and make both intimate paintings and large-scale murals. My experience in the studio shapes my approach to community practice, and vice versa. I use materials as much for visual effect as for metaphoric value.
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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