We’re excited to have you join the line up as part of CIRCA’s c.20:21 programme for this July month, curated by Norman Rosenthal. Perhaps you can tell us about your commission?
I wanted to create a sculpture that could sit in the architecture of the Gothic victorian facades and Boots etc. I’m wanted most of the screen to be pure black, a functionless void - and this beast to sit dormant, occasionally spewing detritus. I’m always trying to avoid just creating images and that seemed particularly important on an advertising screen so I came up with the stoic gargoyle, stuck in its dramatic pose forever.
Working primarily with laser projections and crudely funny voiceovers, Matt Copson creates grim retellings of medieval folktales fit for our absurd and outwardly futile present.
Matt Copson (b. 1992, Oxford) studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, and lives and works in London, England. Recent exhibitions include Coming of Age, High Art, Paris, France, 2020; Gred, Blorange, Yeluple, Swiss Institute, New York, USA, 2019; Down boy, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York, USA, 2019; Matt Copson, Mönchehaus Museum, Gosler, Germany, 2018; Blorange, Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris, France, 2018; Eggy and Seedy (with Alastair Mackinven), Reading International, England, 2017; Sob Story, High Art, Paris, France, 2016; A Woodland Truce, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, England, 2016.