David Lusk Gallery Nashville / 516 Hagan St. February 7, 2017 - March 11, 2017

Hans Schmitt-Matzen

This February, Hans Schmitt-Matzen unveils his first solo show at David Lusk Gallery–Nashville. Leviathan features neon and wooden wall sculptures, and large photographs that all explore the various meanings residing in human-made marks.

Nashville-based Schmitt-Matzen has his five-year-old son to thank for inspiring the works in this exhibition. A look at his son’s art-making table made him contemplate how artistic gestures arrive at their meanings, and how simple forms can appear to be complete ideas. Wondering if there is a language of marks that is innate to us, he chose to emulate his son’s marks into the grander medium of neon, then wood, making them difficult to neglect.