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Matt Stokes, Dead Sea Deaf Sea, 2017
Overview

Matt Stokes's practice stems from a long-term inquiry into subcultures, particularly musical ones. He is interested in the way music provides a sense of collectivity, acting as a catalyst for particular groups to form, shaping and influencing people's lives and identities.

His works are often context-specific; he immerses himself in a setting and area of interest, through which collaborations with informal communities arise. After a process of collecting stories, information and materials related to their histories and values, Stokes produces artworks that depart from his research and take on a conceptual and aesthetic life of their own through films, installations and events.

 

Matt Stokes was born in Penzance, Cornwall and has lived, studied and worked in the Northeast of England since 1993. In 2006, he was the winner of the Beck's Futures Prize, and in 2009 was shortlisted for the Northern Art Prize.

Solo exhibitions include BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead, 2009); The Gainsborough Packet &c., 176 (London, 2009); these are the days, Arthouse (Austin, 2009); Real Arcadia, LüttgenMeijer (Berlin, 2008); Now is Early, VOID (Derry, 2007); Long After Tonight, ZieherSmith (New York, 2007); [un]promised land, Attitudes espace d'arts contemporains (Geneva, 2007); Lost in the Rhythm, Temple Bar Gallery (Dublin, 2007); and Pills to Purge Melancholy, Collective (Edinburgh, 2006).

Recent group shows include See This Sound, Lentos Kunstmuseum, (Linz, 2009); Running Time, (National Galleries of Scotland, 2009); States of Independence, Foreground (Frome, 2009); MARZ Live, MARZ Galeria, (Lisbon, 2009); Desiring Necessities, John Hansard Gallery (Southampton, 2009).

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Biography

Biography
 
Born 1973 Penzance, Cornwall, UK
1997 - Graduated BA (hons) Fine Art, Newcastle University, UK
Lives in and works in Newcastle/Gateshead, England
 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2016
Energy Flash- The Rave Movement, M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium
2015

Objects To See Further: In Focus, The Mining Institute, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Cantata Profana, Dilston Grove, London, UK

Madman in a Lifeboat, Matt's Gallery, London, UK

2014

In Absence of the Smoky God, Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK

Dance Swine Dance, The Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK

2013

Give to me the Life I Love, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, UK

2012

Give to me the Life I Love, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

2011

Cantata Profana, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK

Nuestro tiempo (Our Time), Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), Seville, Spain

Matt Stokes, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK

Long After Tonight, Dundee Art Gallery and Museum, Dundee, UK

Sacred Selections (performance), Martinkirche, Kassel, Germany

Song as social change, CAAC, Sevilla, Spain

The Distant Sound, De Hallen, Haarlem, Netherlands

Club Ponderosa at Workplace Gallery, UK

2010

No Place Else Better Than Here, Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany

The Stratford Gaff: A Serio-Comick-Bombastick-Operatick Interlude, Art on the Underground, Jubilee Line, Stratford Station, London, England (Commission)
Voice|Hand|Hammer|Fire, Works|Projects, Bristol, England
Matt Stokes, Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Matt Stokes, Dundee Art Gallery and Museum, Dundee, UK
2009            
Matt Stokes: these are the days, ZieherSmith, New York, USA
The Gainsborough Packet, &c., 176, London, England
The Gainsborough Packet, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England
these are the days, Arthouse, Austin, USA
2008
Real Arcadia, Lüttgenmeijer, Berlin, Germany
2007            
Now is Early, VOID Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland
Long After Tonight, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, USA
[un]promised Land, attitudes espace d'arts contemporains, Geneva, Switzerland
Matt Stokes, ZieherSmith, New York, USA
Lost in the Rhythm, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2006            
Pills to Purge Melancholy, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Selected Group Exhibitions
 

2016

Je,... / I,... / Ich,..., Innsbruck International Biennial, Innsbruck, Austria

ALAC, Two-Person presentation, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Los Angeles, USA

Energy Flash, M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, Belgium

2014

Up Close and Personal, De Hallen Haarlem, Haarlem, Netherlands

Satellite Satellite, Workplace London, UK

MEGARAVE I - « it's only a fantasy » WallRiss, Fribourg, Switzerland

REVERB!, The Torrence Art Museum, Torrance, USA

2013

Tip of the Iceberg, 59 Central Street, London, UK

Social Sound, Kunstinitiatief VHDG, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
2012

expo / VOLUPTE, Sextantetplus, Marseille, France

Contemporary Art Club, Stedlijk Museum, Amsterdam

2011

NADA Art Fair 2011, Miami, USA

Double, Double, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK

A Fire in the Master's House is Set, Chapter Gallery, Cardiff, Wales

ROTATE, Contemporary Arts Society & Shortlist Media, London

The Big Society, Gallerie Vallois, Paris, France

The Armory Show 2011, with Workplace Gallery, New York

Echoes, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, France

Out of Site, Herzilya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel

Song as social change, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo in Sevilla, Spain
2010

Into the Light, various venues, Antwerp, Belgium

The Discreet Charme of the Blind Spot, Westfaelischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany.

Contour, Mechelen, Belgium

Syncopation, Grimmuseum, Berlin, Germany

New Prints from Northern Print, Northern Print, Newcastle, UK
From Ritual to Theatre, Ancient & Modern. London
Among the Nightingales, Tatton Park Biennial, Manchester 
Right Right Now Now, M.1. Arthur Boskamp-Stiftung, Germany
Outer Body/Inner Experiences, Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh, USA
Decalogue: films you can count on two hands, Winkleman Gallery, New York, USA
Live Weekend, ICA, London, England
2009            
Northern Art Prize, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, England
Running Time, Dean Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne, Australia
States of Independence, Frome, England
See This Sound, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria
MARZ Live, MARZ Galeria, Lisbon Portugal
Desiring Necessities, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, England
2008            
Single Screen, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
Deptford X, London, England
Crossing, Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy
I desired what you were, I need what you are, MAZE, Turin, Italy
King Fisher's Tales, UNION, London, England
2007            
Balance, Galleria 1/9 Unosunove, Rome, Italy
Palinsesti, San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy
The Weasel: Pop Music and Contemporary Art, South London Gallery, London, England
Projection Project II, Mücsarnok-Kunsthalle, Budapest, Hungary            
Screenings, Ocho Y Medio, Quito and Maac Cine, Guayaquil, Ecuador
2006            
The Projection Project, MuHKA, Antwerp, Belgium
Street: behind the cliché, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands
EAST International 06, Norwich Gallery and NSAD, Norwich, England
Beck's Futures, ICA, London, England and off-site venues in Glasgow, Scotland and Bristol, England
Blue Star, Red Wedge, WASPS, Glasgow International, Glasgow, Scotland            
You Shall Know Our Velocity, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England
2005            
Our Surroundings, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland
Gatsobyter, Plan 9 Artists Space, Bristol, England
Coniston Water Festival, Grizedale Arts, Cumbria, England
Everything Must Go, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, England
2004
Romantic Detachment, PS1 MOMA, New York, USA and Chapter Gallery, Cardiff, Wales
Spark Video International, Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario, Canada
QSL, FM radio station, MIMA (off-site), Middlesbrough, England
S1 Salon 'Cabaret', S1 Art Space, Sheffield, England
2003            
Space Between Us, Friar House, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Lets Get Married Today! Grizedale Arts, Cumbria, England           
Vacant, Reg Vardy Gallery, Sunderland, England
Spark Video International, Spark Contemporary Art Space, Syracuse, USA
LUX Open, Royal College of Art, London, England
2002            
Living Proof, Bewick Court, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Memento, Underground stations on the Tyne and Wear Metro system, England
VideoROM, Gian Carla Zanutti Gallery, Milan and Gallery of Modern Art, Bergamo, Italy
Mostyn 12 Open, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales
Visions in the Nunnery, Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts Trust, London, England
2001            
VideoROM, Valencia Biennial, Spain
2000            
Small Battles, Mackey Mayor Building, Manchester, England
ROOT, Hull Time Based Arts, Hull, England
VANE, '00 off-site venue, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
NOW Festival, off-site venue, Nottingham, England
1999            
VANE Export, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
Field, Hallington, Northumberland, England
Tongue 'n' Groove, Pine Factory Warehouse, Gateshead, England
Inside Out, Adhoc Gallery, Wallsend, England
1998            
VANE '98, Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Selected Commissions and Residencies
 
2006            
socialspaces, commissioned by the BBC and Arts Council England
Limited edition CD of Sacred Selections, commissioned by Locus+, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
2002            
Grizedale Arts R&D grant, followed by a residency in Cumbria, England
Land and the Samling, residency at Kielder Water and Forest Park, Northumberland, England
2001            
Stretch, video installation commissioned by Sunderland Arts, England            
Allotment, residency with pigeon fanciers at allotments in Wallsend, England
2000            
Roll-in' Along, video intervention commissioned by Work & Leisure International, Manchester, England

Selected Awards
 
2010
Visual Artist of the Year, Journal Culture Awards
2006
Beck's Futures, awarded by the ICA and Beck's
2003
RSA Art for Architecture, awarded by the Royal Society of Arts

 
Selected Bibliography

2009
Desiring Necessities, published by John Hansard Gallery, UK
See This Sound, published by Lentos Kunst Museum. ISBN: 978-3-86560-683-9
Collective 1984-2009, published by Collective Gallery. ISBN: 978-3-86896-0335
2008            
these are the days, (monograph) published by Arthouse. ISBN: 0-9770627-2-4
The Gainsborough Packet &c., (monograph) published by 176. ISBN: 978-0-9556629-5-9
Hijack Reality, published by Deptford X. ISBN 978-0-9547071-2-5
2007            
Palinsesti 2007, Udine: Forum, 2007, ISBN 978-88-8420-443-1
Lost in the Rhythm, (monograph) published by AEN and Collective Gallery. ISBN 978-1-873757-56-7
2006            
Street: Behind the Cliche, published by Centre for Contemporary Art. The Netherlands
Beck's Futures 2006, published by the ICA. ISBN 1-900300-50-8
EAST International 2006, published by Norwich Gallery. ISBN 1-872482-80-5
2004            
QSL FM, published by MIMA. ISBN 0-860830-63-2
Workplace, published by AEN and Workplace Gallery. ISBN 1-873757-15-8
2002
Land + The Samling, Kielder Sculpture Park, Northumberland.

Selected Press and Media 

2010
Cross Platform, Nathan Budzinski. The Wire, 10.10
2009            
The Gainsborough Packet. Emily Portman. fRoots (Folk Roots Magazine). 05.09
Playing To The Gallery. Laura Cumming. Observer Music Monthly. 20.04.09
Matt Stokes. Paul Usherwood. Art Monthly. 04.09
Time Traveller. Francesca Gavin. Dazed and Confused. 03.09
Such Stuff as Screams Are Made On. Robert Faires. Austin Chronicle. 20.03.09
Gainsborough Packet, Matt Stokes's 19th-century pop video. Erlend Clouston. Guardian Online. 05.03.09
Exhibition of the Week: Matt Stokes. Martin Herbert. Time Out London. 31.04.09
2008            
Die Fröhliche Ethnografie. Christop Braun. Groove, Electronic Music and Club-culture. 07.08
British artist mines Austin's punk history. Jeanne Claire van Ryzin. Austin American Stateman. 24.07.08
2007            
Review: Matt Stokes, ZieherSmith. David Velasco. Artforum. 05.07            
Review: Matt Stokes. Joshua Mack. Time Out New York. 22.03.07
2006            
Ouverture. Neil Mulholland. Flash Art. 11.06

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