Exhibition: Vessels and Lights

Matt Hoyt Vessels and Lights Bureau at ECHO Cologne June 15 - July 30 2022

Image of a gallery space with two large windows and three colorful grid paintings installed. Outside there are cars parked and a street view. On the window sill are small sculptures displayed on a wooden board.

Bureau is pleased to announce Matt Hoyt’s show, Vessels and Lights, the artist’s first solo exhibition in Europe. Vessels and Lights includes a group of sculptures displayed on low platforms as well as a suite of new colorful pattern paintings. The sculptures are a continuation of Hoyt’s ongoing practice focused on small-scale objects intended to conjure subjective and unpredictable associations. Hoyt’s handmade objects embody curiosity. They offer morphing resemblances from vast, disparate origins which always resolve back to a place of imagination and abstraction. 

Hoyt first shared his grid paintings with the public in his previous solo show, Note to You, at Bureau in New York. Beginning in 2006, his painting practice had been a private, meditative one, which he described as turning to during darker emotional periods. The paintings are grounded in geometry, pattern and order, however they do bear the delicate traces of imperfection from the artist’s hand. The repeating tessellations offer an entoptic buzzing while the sculptures invite a strange and expansive potential. 

Hoyt writes about his work here, describing the paintings as lights and the sculptures as vessels:

The vessels as a place to put, and perhaps put away, negative thoughts - mainly fear. Over the last few years a friend described these objects alternately as: Dark, Apocalyptic, and Brooding. I would add Wondrous.  While they are in process I often find myself simultaneously mesmerized and disturbed by them. 

The lights, in contrast, provide a consoling presence. Recently I noticed that much of the rhythmic logic contained in them resembles the way a kaleidoscope would operate if the reflective planes were arranged in a grid or honeycomb pattern. The words archetypal and holistic often come to my mind when considering the fundamental nature of such geometric arrangements. 

I’d like the tension between these two psychological states to create a form of emotional imaging that will fill the space.

Matt Hoyt (b. 1975, Mount Kisco, NY) lives and works in New York. Hoyt received a BFA in 2000 from the School of Visual Arts. Solo and two-person exhibitions include Note To You, Bureau, New York, 2021; Einig, with Tom Thayer, Stations, Berlin, Germany, 2019; Six Winds, Bureau, New York, 2019; Chrysalis, Bureau, New York, 2017; Recent Past, 2010–2016, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, 2016; One Another, Art in General, New York, 2015; It’s Always Nice to Meet You, Bureau, New York, 2014; 2006- 2011, Bureau, New York, 2012; Escalator to Common Art, with Mark Van Yetter, Dispatch, New York, 2008. Hoyt’s work was included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial; MoMA PS1’s 2010 Greater New York and Jay Sanders’s 2008 White Columns Annual. Selected group exhibitions include: Strange Attractors, cur. Bob Nickas, Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles, 2017; Sunlight arrives only at its proper hour, cur. Mitchell Algus and Olivia Shao, 356 Mission, Los Angeles, 2017. Hoyt’s work is in the permanent collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

ECHO A collaborative gallery share with Bureau, Hot Wheels Athens, LC Queisser, Stereo and Wschód Roonstrasse 108, 50674 Cologne Open Thursday – Saturday, 2 – 6 pm and by appointment For more info and images, write to office@bureau-inc.com

Image of a wall with two colorful grid paintings next to each other. On the left side is another wall with another colorful grid painting.
Image of a large gallery space that is well lit. There are eight colorful grid paintings installed on five walls.
Image of a colorful grid painting installed on a wall. The the left is a door that has a key left in the lock.
Image of a gallery space with a wall on the right, with a painting installed. To the left, there is a father wall with another painting installed. There is a window in the background as well.
Three paintings are installed on a white wall.
Image of two grid paintings next to each other on a wall. A hallway opens on the left.
Image of two paintings on a wall, and two paintings, and one painting, on each other side. A hallway opens on the left of the front facing wall.
Five small hand-sized sculptures are presented on a rectangular piece of wood. The sculptures are amorphous, skeletal, and gray.
Five small hand-sized sculptures are presented on a rectangular piece of wood in front of a large window that opens up to a street view. The sculptures are amorphous, skeletal, and gray. They are resting on a bench inserted between two walls.
Image of a gallery space with a window on the right where you can see a street view and some trees. Three paintings are on the left, installed on the white wall. On the window sill are four small sculptures displayed on a wooden board.
Image of a gallery space with five paintings installed.  A pillar is on the right in the open space, and on the left, closest to the viewer, is a detailed grid painting.
Four small hand-sized sculptures and one medium scale sculpture are presented on a rectangular piece of wood in front of a large window that opens up to a street view. The sculptures are amorphous, skeletal, and gray. They are resting on a bench inserted between two walls.
Four small hand-sized sculptures and one medium scale sculpture are presented on a rectangular piece of wood in front of a large window that opens up to a street view. The sculptures are amorphous, skeletal, and gray. They are resting on a bench inserted between two walls.
Five small hand-sized sculptures are presented on a rectangular piece of wood in front of a large window that opens up to a street view. The sculptures are amorphous, skeletal, and gray. They are resting on a bench inserted between two walls.
Four small hand-sized sculptures and one medium scale sculpture are presented on a rectangular piece of wood in front of a large window that opens up to a street view. The sculptures are amorphous, skeletal, and gray. They are resting on a bench inserted between two walls.
Image of a gallery room with two large windows, opening into a street view with parked cars and many bikes, with a wall in-between the large windows. A painting is installed on this wall. Two displays of the sculptures on a wooden slab are put on both sides of the wall, in front of the window.
Outside view of the gallery "Vosberg" with a yellow wall that has graffiti covering it. Through two large windows, you can see the exhibition from outside. You can see five paintings.
Outside view of the gallery with the word "Vosberg" on the top of the building, with a yellow wall that has graffiti covering it. Through two large windows, you can see the exhibition from outside. The door has the title of the gallery "Echo" and Bureau, New York.
A colorful, intricate grid painting installed on a white wall.

Untitled, 2022, Tempera on illustration board, acrylic on wood frame, 18 ¾ × 18 ¾ × 1 ⅜ in.

A colorful, intricate grid painting installed on a white wall.

Untitled, 2022, Tempera on illustration board, acrylic on wood frame, 18 ¾ × 18 ¾ × 1 ⅜ in.

A colorful, intricate grid painting installed on a white wall.

Untitled, 2022, Tempera on illustration board, acrylic on wood frame, 18 ¾ × 18 ¾ × 1 ⅜ in.

A colorful, intricate grid painting installed on a white wall.

Untitled, 2022, Tempera on illustration board, acrylic on wood frame, 18 ¾ × 18 ¾ × 1 ⅜ in.

A colorful, intricate grid painting installed on a white wall.

Untitled, 2022, Tempera on illustration board, acrylic on wood frame, 18 ¾ × 18 ¾ × 1 ⅜ in.

A colorful, intricate grid painting installed on a white wall.

Untitled, 2022, Tempera on illustration board, acrylic on wood frame, 18 ¾ × 18 ¾ × 1 ⅜ in.

A colorful, intricate grid painting installed on a white wall.

Untitled, 2022, Tempera on illustration board, acrylic on wood frame, 18 ¾ × 18 ¾ × 1 ⅜ in.

A colorful, intricate grid painting installed on a white wall.

Untitled, 2022, Tempera on illustration board, acrylic on wood frame, 12 × 12 × 1 ⅜ in.

A colorful, intricate grid painting installed on a white wall.

Untitled, 2022, Tempera on illustration board, acrylic on wood frame, 12 × 12 × 1 ⅜ in.

A colorful, intricate grid painting installed on a white wall.

Untitled, 2022, Tempera on illustration board, acrylic on wood frame, 12 × 12 × 1 ⅜ in.

A small abstract sculpture resembling organic material . It is gray.

Untitled, 2014-2022, Metal, air-dry clay, water-based glue, acrylic and tempera paint, 1 ¾ × 7 × 1 ½ in.

A small abstract sculpture resembling organic material . It is gray.

Untitled, 2020-2022, Metal, epoxy, water-based glue, various putties, acrylic and tempera paint, ½ × 5 ¾ × ½ in.

A small abstract sculpture resembling organic material . It is gray.

Untitled, 2014-2022, Metal, various putties, air-dry clay, water-based glue, acrylic and tempera paint, 3 ½ × 8 × 4 in.

A small abstract sculpture resembling organic material . It is gray.

Untitled, 2011-2022, Metal, various putties, water-based glue, acrylic and tempera paint, 1 ½ × 5 ½ × 2 ¼ in.

A small abstract sculpture resembling organic material . It is gray.

Untitled, 2014-2022, Air-dry clay, various putties, water-based glue, acrylic and tempera paint, 1 ½ × 2 ¼ × 1 ½ in.

A small abstract sculpture resembling organic material . It is gray.

Untitled, 2011-2022, Metal, various putties, air-dry clay, water-based glue, acrylic and tempera paint, 3 ¾ × 9 × 3 ¼ in.

A small abstract sculpture resembling organic material . It is gray.

Untitled, 2014-2022, Various putties, air-dry clay, shellack, water-based glue, acrylic and tempera paint, 1 ¾ × 2 ¼ × 2 in.

A small abstract sculpture resembling organic material . It is gray.

Untitled, 2019-2022, Metal, plaster, shellack, water-based glue, acrylic and tempera paint, 1 ¾ × 7 × 2 in.

A small abstract sculpture resembling organic material . It is gray.

Untitled, 2020-2022, Plaster, air-dry clay, shellack, water-based glue, acrylic and tempera paint, ¾ × 3 ¾ × 1 ¾ in.

A small abstract sculpture resembling organic material . It is gray.

Untitled, 2014-2022, Various putties, air-dry clay, shellack, water-based glue, acrylic and tempera paint, 1 ½ × 2 ½ × 1 in.

A small abstract sculpture resembling organic material . It is gray.

Untitled, 2014-2022, Metal, various putties, air-dry clay, water-based glue, acrylic and tempera paint, 8 ¾ × 22 × 9 in.

A small abstract sculpture resembling organic material . It is gray.

Untitled, 2014-2022, Various putties, air-dry clay, water-based glue, acrylic and tempera paint, 1 ½ × 1 ¾ × 2 ¼ in.

A small abstract sculpture resembling organic material . It is gray.

Untitled, 2011-2022, Various putties, air-dry clay, styrene plastic, water-based glue, acrylic and tempera paint, 2 ¾ × 4 × 2 ½ in.

A small abstract sculpture resembling organic material . It is gray.

Untitled, 2012-2022, Metal, various putties, water-based glue, acrylic and tempera paint, 2 ⅜ × 5 ½ × 3 in.

A small abstract sculpture resembling organic material . It is gray.

Untitled, 2011-2022, Various putties, water-based glue, acrylic and tempera paint, 1 ¾ × 5 ¼ × 2 in.