Mary Mattingly:
Human and Object

January 20 – 30, 2016
Thurs. – Sat., dusk – 11pm
Everson Museum Plaza
401 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY

Related Exhibition

At Light Work:
Mary Mattingly: Mass and Obstruction

January 19 – March 10, 2016

This short exhibition of selected video work by multimedia artist Mary Mattingly from her “Proposal” series is held in conjunction with her solo show,Mary Mattingly: Mass and Obstruction, at Light Work’s Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery January 19 – March 10, 2016. For more information on the exhibition, go to:

A special Wednesday-night screening at UVP Everson will take place on January 27 in celebration of the reception and gallery talk from 5 – 7pm with the artist at Light Work.

About the Work

Human and Object; selections from the ‘Proposal’ video series
Total Run Time of program: approx. 5:00

Proposal 1: Dropping the Small Ball (0:38)
Proposal 2: Rolling a Boulder (0:36):
Proposal 4: Diving (1:05)
Proposal 6: Wrapping a Human (3:29)

Through the building of ecosystems and mobile environments, Mattingly’s work explores issues of access to basic resources, supply and waste chains, and our shared present and future.

Absurdist and minimal, the short videos of the “Proposals” series presents a basic grammar of interaction between human bodies and the heterogeneous bodies of Mattingly’s signature bundled sculptures, which are simple shapes agglomerated in a complex network of twine binding together varied detritus of contemporary life – computer cables and Xerox copies; paint brushes and plumb bobs; plane tickets and pharmaceutical packaging.

About the Artist

Mary Mattingly is an artist based in New York. Her work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Kitchen, Museo National de Belles Artes de la Habana, International Center of Photography, The Seoul Art Center, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The New York Public Library, deCordova Museum and Sclupture Park, and The Palais de Tokyo. She participated in smARTpower, an initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the Bronx Museum of the Arts in the Philippines. She has been awarded grants and fellowships from the James L. Knight Foundation, A Blade of Grass, Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, Yale University School of Art, The Harpo Foundation, NYFA, The Jerome Foundation, and The Art Matters Foundation. Her work has been featured in Aperture Magazine, Art in America, Artforum, Sculpture Magazine, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Le Monde Magazine, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, on BBC News, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, NBC, as well as on Art21’s “New York Close Up” series. Her work has been included in books such as the Whitechapel/MIT Press Documents of Contemporary Art series titled Nature, edited by Jeffrey Kastner, Triple Canopy’s Speculations, the Future Is… published by Artbook, and Henry Sayer’s A World of Art, 8th edition, published by Pearson Education Inc. Mattingly participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence program in November 2014.

About UVP 2015-16: We Were Never Human

This exhibition will be the third installment of “We Were Never Human” a year-long program of exhibitions and events at Urban Video Project and partner organizations exploring the shifting idea of what it means to be human.


This exhibition was supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.