Matt Wedel, installation view of “Sheep’s Head,” 2013.

Matt Wedel

Venice, California

L.A. Louver

The works featured in Matt Wedel’s “Sheep’s Head” exhibition can be perceived in one of two ways—somewhat saccharine and silly or muscular and profound. The balance that he achieves between these two poles makes his sculptures challenging, significant, and moving. His figurative work, which lies squarely within the Modernist tradition, is strongly reminiscent of Elie Nadel­man and Marino Marini. His botanical objects are pure science fiction. The over-sweetness is located in the subject matter: child-like figures with mild, sketchy features and colorful flowers. The profundity is grounded in the touching emotional simplicity of the characterizations… see the entire review in the print version of November’s Sculpture magazine.