Matthew N. Kargol

I create sculptures based on sublime ephemeral moments. These moments of pause give way to fleeting moments of interactions frozen in space and time, leading to speculation of a previous life and anticipation of continued action or a peaceful stasis. Moments that fill a person with amazement, awe, terror, astonishment, and silence, they are also moments of pure beauty and create snapshots that act as markers in our memories, thus the moment becomes relevant and timeless. I am influenced by the destructive impact within our environment. Uncontrollable power, unpredictability and cataclysmic extremes are sources for my work, and they remind me of the constant fragility of humanity. Just as there is a struggle in everyone’s life, my works struggle to exist, a push and a pull, form versus form, hard versus soft, nature versus man-made. These juxtapositions of elements reveal contradictions that exist within the human condition. The volume in the world seems to be getting louder by the day, with so many interests vying for attention, colors get bolder, movements get more extreme, and taglines flood our daily environment, all becoming less and less meaningful in our mental numbness. I strive to run counter to these trends and create spaces where individuals can find a quiet moment in the chaos. My work is as much about being seen as it is about pausing and allowing it to be felt on a visceral level.

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