The Californian, Brooklyn based artist Matthew Tierney premieres his first solo show in New York (10/18) with major art works under the headlining theme, “Empires fall | the dance goes on”. As a way to fully immerse audiences in the world of the show, Bryant Toth Fine Arts will host a series of interactive programs to develop a conversation around what it means to live “post-empire” and continue dancing, including a discussion with leading figures in literature and philosophy, a preview of Never Here with Camille Thoman, and an evening with Black Gatsby.
Born and raised in Silicon Valley, Matthew Tierney studied UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television, where he created the sound and art installation December in McGowan Hall and composed the score for the short film Bitter Sweet. While a student, Matt worked at Current TV as the youngest features producer in the network’s history.
Currently Matt works in the mediums of painting and sculpture, as well as music and sound design, collaborating with artists like Black Gatsby on recent records. Several of his works were included in the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery Tour (2014, 2015).
Since 2015 he’s served as a branding and design consultant for technology start-ups MindSumo, Daisy, and Globality.
Matt’s art has recently been seen alongside Ed Ruscha, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Andy Warhol in the travelling museum exhibition, Joan Quinn: A Life in Portraits, which included shows at the Fresno Art Museum and the Cornell Art Museum. As part of the exhibition, Matt spoke at Sotheby’s Auction House (NYC) alongside Joan Quinn.
In 2016, he designed the set for I Am Salome (Black Lodge Theater, NYC).
In 2017, he was featured in the group exhibition Blah Blossom, alongside artists George Condo, Jeff Koons, Franz Kline, Francesco Clemente, Eric Fishl and Adolf Braun. Matt will have his first solo show with Bryant Toth Fine Art at the former CRG Gallery space in NYC (October 2017).
His work can be found in the private collections of Maya Lin and Daniel Wolf, Norman Rosenthal, David Hockney, Susan and Joel Hyatt, The Gunderson Family, Keith Sonnier, and others.
gallerist Bryant Toth and artist Matthew Tierney at his Brooklyn atelier
Photography by Brett Kincaid
Oct 19th—Opening Reception in Lower East Side, New York.
October 20th-29th—Gallery Hours.
October 20th—“Never Here” Film Preview with Camille Thoman and Sam Shepard Reading.
October 22nd Black Gatsby Performance with YoungArts Alumni