In A Perfect World: Optimism in an Age of Anxiety
October 12 through November 20, 2020
Ringel Gallery, Stewart Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Artists Roberto Lugo and Mat Tomezsko create artwork that is rooted in immediate political, social, and environmental concerns, but which takes the long view to look at humanity’s legacy of ingenuity and resilience in the face of struggle. Both artists use their chosen medium and practice to explore contemporary ideas through a historical lens and further notions of representation, accessibility, education, democratization, and expression.
Wynorrific Times: Roberto Lugo and Mat Tomezsko
October 6, 2019 - January 25, 2020
Opening Reception: Fri., Oct. 6, 6-8pm
Wynorrific Times is a two-person show featuring new work by Roberto Lugo and Mat Tomezsko. The exhibition is a visual exploration of the social conditions and historical through-lines that make our contemporary world both terrible and beautiful.
Lugo and Tomezsko, both raised in Philadelphia, share a sensibility that is informed by graffiti and the urban environment of the city. Lugo’s works are multicultural mash-ups, European and Asian porcelain forms reimagined as vessels of representation for those historically absent from such luxury items. His work balances the perceptions associated with porcelain and hip hop, combining seemingly incongruous cultures into a single tradition. Tomezsko similarly uses medium in a metaphorical way, incorporating found materials such as weekly coupons and asphalt into formal abstract compositions. The works appear like post-war and minimalist paintings, but contain layers of imagery and meaning that operate outside of the visual system and traditional narrative.
Though rooted in the aesthetic of their upbringing, their artwork looks forward as they infuse fresh ideas and new expression into their chosen disciplines. Lugo and Tomezsko have maintained a collaborative partnership since first exhibiting together in 2013.
Thomas Hunter Projects
January 27 - February 23, 2019
Opening Reception: Fri., Feb. 8, 6-8pm
NOW is a solo exhibition of multimedia paintings by Mat Tomezsko made through an elaborate process of layering, patterning, adding, and subtracting an excessive amount of acrylic, spray paint, and asphalt. They contain language, shapes, and materials that operate both as symbols and as formal elements in the composition.
On view at Thomas Hunter Projects, Hunter College, Thomas Hunter Building (930 Lexington Ave.) New York, NY. Jan. 27 - Feb 23.
CORE: MAT TOMEZSKO / GREGORY COATES / LEORA BRECHER
November 10, 2018 - January 5, 2019
Curated by Susanna Gold, PhD. Art Historian / Independent Curator
Opening Reception: Sat., Nov. 10, 6-9pm
"Second Saturday" Reception: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 6-9pm
Location: NoBA Artspaces, 202 Bala Ave., Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Hours: Thurs / Fri / Sat 12-6pm and by appointment
Selections from (O) Poetry Paintings and The Welcome Paintings
at The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania
The Colonial Penn Center - 3641 Locust Walk
open to the public: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
at The Delaware Contemporary
May 26 - August 27, 2017
Roberto Lugo, Theodore Harris, Charlie Cunningham, Yelizaveta Masalimova, and Mat Tomezsko
Review by Artblog: Click Here
I Was Of Three Minds: Understanding America Through Bluebirds and Blackbirds
at The Painted Bride Art Center
January 23 - March 8, 2015
I Was Of Three Minds was a collaborative installation by Roberto Lugo and Mat Tomezsko, featured as a part ofThe City Real & Imagined: Urbanism, Identity, and Identification at The Painted Bride Art Center.
Amze Emmons, Jesse Krimes, Drew Leshko, and Roberto Lugo + Mat Tomezsko
There Is No
at The Crane Arts
November 8 - December 12, 2013
There Is No was exhibited as part of the Juvenile In Justice exhibition at The Crane Arts. The exhibition was curated by Julien Robson and Rachel Zimmerman and features the work of photographer Richard Ross, ceramicist Roberto Lugo, and painter Mat Tomezsko.
See the whole series HERE