Justin Matherly

  • Justin Matherly


    Untitled (Fear, Anxiety and Joy), 2016

    Modified gypsum, spray paint, acrylic paint, concrete, ambulatory equipment, stainless steel tube
    Various dimensions
    Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

    Justin Matherly was born in 1972 in New York, where he lives and works.

    Justin Matherly’s sculptures are based on classical representations of Asclepius, the antique god of medicine. Cast in modified gypsum from molds previously used by the artist, the figures are revived as modern reinterpretations of their forebears. Paradoxical icons of fragility and resolve, they stand on concrete casts of cardboard shipping boxes combined with ambulatory walkers.

    The works reference Friedrich Nietzsche’s Eternal Recurrence: the paralyzing notion that all existence recurs infinitely across time and space. However, Justin Matherly’s figures symbolize the affirmation of recurrence, a perseverance from stasis to healthful activity and interminably back to stasis.

    Courtesy of the artist
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