Matt Ager creates sculptural works in which he plays with different materials and culturally loaded objects to question ideas of taste and identity. Selecting a combination of found and bought items, he creates facsimiles, hybrids and replicas of interior domestic objects, such as work surfaces, shelving and fake fruit.
With materials often masquerading as another and through his process of reinvention, Matt asks the viewer to consider the fundamental question of what makes an object – or a collage of objects – a sculpture.
Often positioned in unusual places by standard convention, his works call out the observers’ prejudices about taste, and ironically hold their values judgments to account.
Matt Ager (b. 1985) graduated from the Royal Academy Schools, London in 2015 and holds a BA in sculpture from Camberwell College of Art, London (2008). Recent exhibitions include: Cass Sculpture Foundation, UK (2017); Studio Leigh, London (2016); White Cube, London (2013). In 2015 he has undertaken the Lokaal 01 Residency, Antwerp and the Yaddo Residency.
Platform Foundation Asks
Who is your artistic hero? Zebedee Armstrong.
Which work of art you wished you owned? Blinky Palermo’s ‘Untitled (Totem)’, 1964-1967.
What is the most indispensable item in your studio? The window.
Describe your studio in three words: Dusty, scruffy, complex.
Do you collect anything? Baggage.
What kind of music do you listen to while you work? Afro beat, ambient and jazz.