Artists

Matthew Stone

Matthew Stone is an artist and shaman based in London. He was recently named most influential person in the arts under 30 by the Sunday Times. His multidisciplinary and interrelated practice activates primarily photography, sculpture and performance. Stone produces photography, that dramatically portrays the intertwined bodies of friends and collaborators, stripped of context-locating clothing and locked in states of romanticised and visionary ecstasy.

Following his graduation from Camberwell, with a first degree in Painting in 2004, he was a formative member of the !WOWOW! art collective, exhibiting in many artist-led projects and throwing notorious art parties in squatted buildings - events which have since assumed the mantle of London urban legend.

In the past few years he has been researching the relevance of Optimism as a method for avant-garde thought and art practice. Stone s work revolves specifically around creative interactions and community, based on the idea that individual autonomy can be successfully combined with the power of collectivity.

Stone has participated in projects and exhibitions at the Serpentine, the Baltic, the Royal Academy, ICA and Tate Britain.

Born in 1982 London. Lives and works in London.

EDUCATION

2000 – 2004 
Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts of London, BA (Hons) Painting (1st)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019

  • small awakenings, CHOI&LAGER Gallery, Seoul, Korea 

2018

  • NEOPHYTE, The Hole, New York, NY

2017

  • Back into the body, CHOI&LAGER Gallery, Seoul, Korea 

2015

  • Emotional Manipulation, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2014

  • Cosmic Flesh, Union Gallery, London
  • Other Worlds - Wounded Healer, Performance, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Denmark
  • Unconditional Love, The Hole, New York
  • Muse Control, Performance, The Hole, New York

2013

  • Love Focused Like a Laser (performance), Art Miami Basel, Miami
  • Ecstasy, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles

2012 

  • The Body As Lightning Conductor, The Hole at Villa Vecchia, Miami Art Basel, Miami
  • Love Focused Like a Laser, The Hole, New York

  • Everything is Possible, Choi & Lager, Cologne, Germany

  • Unconditional Commitment to Sacred Love, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Everything is Possible, Union Gallery, London

2011


  • Sculpture Installation, Mondrian Hotel, Miami Art Basel, Miami

  • Optimism as Cultural Rebellion, The Hole, New York

  • Forever Rules, Union Gallery, London

  • Rules Forever, Union Gallery, London

2010


  • Anatomy of Immaterial Worlds, ICA, London

  • Body Language, V1 Gallery, Denmark

2009


  • Interconnected Echoes, Galerie Paul Freches, Paris

  • The Co-Existence of Uncompromised Visions, Boyschool, London

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

  • I See You, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA
  • MINE II , V1 Gallery , Copenhagen , Denmark
  • The Barn Show , Johannes Vogt Gallery , East Hampton , NY

2017

  • Post Analog Painting II, The Hole, New York, NY

2015

  • Tower, Ibid. London, London
  • Not a Photo, The Hole, New York
  • Post-Analog Painting, The Hole, New York

2014

  • Storage Wars, Eric Firestone Gallery, Hamptons, USA
  • Group Show - Jack, Neil, Shane, Gareth and Matthew, Choi & Lager, Cologne
  • Art Cologne curated video programme, Art Cologne, Germany

2013

  • GamingGaming, New Shelter Plan, Denmark
  • Hindsight, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Amor Fati, Pioneer Works, Red Hook, Brooklyn
  • Body and History, Friche Belle de Mai, Marseille, France
  • New Age of Aquarius, Duve, Berlin

2012


  • Fresh Basel, The Hole at Villa Vecchia, Miami Art Basel, Miami

  • V1 X - Tonight we won’t be bored, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 13.0.0.0.0, RH Gallery, New York 

  • Marrakech Bienalle, Marrakech, Morocco 

  • Watch your step, The Flag Art Foundation, New York
  • Portrait of a generation, The Hole, New York

  • CTRL Group two, Brian Miller Gallery, Texas 

  • Photography is, Higher Pictures, New York

2011


  • Anatomy of Immaterial Worlds, Performa 11, New York

  • True Love, The National Museum of Photography, The Royal Library, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Status, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Independent Rites, V1 Gallery, Denmark

  • What’s Next, FOAM Museum, Amsterdam

  • Volcano Extravaganza, Fiorucci Foundation, Stromboli, Italy

  • Orientale, 53rd Venice Bienalle, Venice
  • Open studio, Viafarini, Milan

2010


  • Recessional Aesthetics, James Taylor Project, London

  • By night, Trädgården, Stockholm

  • 24 Month Meditation, The Island, Italy

  • Hard Future, Brighton Festival, Brighton

  • OneShot, Allmänna Gallery, Stockholm

2009


  • Triumph of the Will, The Centre of the Universe, London

  • SHOWstudio, Somerset House, London

  • Free Art Fair, The Barbican Centre, London 

  • SU:MBISORI, Jeju Museum of Art, Korea

  • Conflict, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art,Gateshead

  • Starmaker, E:vent Gallery, London



2008

  • 
Nought to Sixty, ICA, London

  • SEEN… S.C.U.M. & Matthew Stone, Maurice Einhardt Neu Gallery, London

  • GSK Contemporary, Royal Academy, London

  • The Destruction of Atlantis, Union, London

  • OPTIMISM: The Art of Our Time, co-curated by Matthew Stone, Hannah Barry
 Gallery, London
  • And As They Reached For God With their Fingertips, Their Toes Wrote Stories In The Sand, Assab One, Milan
  • Bold Tendencies II, Hannah Barry Gallery, London

  • Bad Year Blimp, Alma Enterprises, London

  • GOTHIC, Fieldgate Gallery, London

  • EYESORE, V1 Gallery, Denmark

  • !WOWOW! and Plastique Fantastique, Tate Britain, London

2007


  • Gravity’s Rainbow, Peres Projects, Athens

  • Nocturnal, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London

  • DAZED & CONFUSED vs ANDY WARHOL, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

  • Feral Kingdom, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow

  • Ruhe Bewahren, Arthouse Tacheles, Berlin

  • Multiple Discipline, Union Gallery, London

  • The Event, International Project Space, Birmingham

2006


  • Ten Rooms and a Sculpture Garden, Lyndhurst Way, London

2005


  • Fantasy Stories, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London

  • Rising Tendencies Toward the United States of Mind, !WOWOW! Roaming Space, London
  • Optimism as Cultural Rebellion, !WOWOW! Roaming Space (Area 10), London

2004


  • Spectacular Spectacular!, !WOWOW! Roaming Space, London

  • *RT SH*M*N (performance supporting Lali Chetwynd), ICA, London

SPECIAL PROJECTS

2012


  • The Body as Lightning Conductor, Performance presented with MikeQ at The Hole curated space in Miami as part of Miami Art Basel.

2011


  • After being nominated by Marina Abramovic, artist residency programme Viafarini in Milan completed.

  • Dazed&Confused magazine commission Matthew Stone to photograph and collaborate with Riccardo Tisci on the cover of the 20th anniversary issue. The cover is accompanied by a 18 page editorial. 



2010


  • Interconnected Echoes - The Salon, The Great British Art Debat,  at Tate Britain.

2009

  • 
The Centre of the Universe, artist-led/non-profit, nomadic art-space initiated by Stone (ongoing project)

  • CTRL.ALT.SHIFT, Artist Mentor to Newcastle students working at the Baltic for a project in partnership with Ctrl.Alt.Shift, a new experimental youth initiative that aims to engage people in global issues, using art as a catalyst for change.

2008


  • Manifesto Marathon, Serpentine Interconnected Echoes – The Salon, weekly meeting and discussion forum at the Hospital Club, London

WEB PROJECTS

http://InterconnectedEchoes.blogspot.com

Interconnected Echoes functions as a basis for a series of interviews, in which Stone asks people he admires big questions. As the interviews progress everybody questioned adds a question. These questions in turn become the basis for future interviews. Each question links back to the answers of the person who asked it.

http://OptimismAsCulturalRebellion.blogspot.com
Optimism As Cultural Rebellion provides ongoing documentation of Stone’spractice.
 


http://infinitytimesinfinity.tumblr.com 

InfinityTimesInfinity is a snapshot diary of Stone’s life.

PUBLICATIONS

2012 

  • 
The Body Beyond, published by Junsuke Yamasaki. Limited edition of 1000.

2011


  • Optimism as Cultural Rebellion (Show catalogue) published by Holey Books. (Ltd edition produced with printed hardback wooden cover)

2010


  • 100, Edited by Francesca Gavin, Laurence King Publishing.
Manifesto Marathon, The Serpentine. Hans-Ulrich Obrist

2009


  • Interconnected Echoes, Post-IT, Published by Paul Freches Gallery. - Includes interview by Hans-Ulrich Obrist.
Nought to Sixty, ICA Press, Edited by Mark Sladen

2008


  • Optimism, Hannah Barry Press, London - Foreword written by Matthew Stone
SMALL AWAKENINGS - Matthew Stone - Exhibition Seoul 2019 | Choi&Choi Gallery

SMALL AWAKENINGS | 2019

EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE - Matthew Stone - Exhibition Cologne 2013 | Choi&Choi Gallery

EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE | 2013

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