The New Contemporary Art Magazine

Tag: Matthew Dutton

Tennessee based sculptor Matthew Dutton once described his works as "whimsical horrors", animal-human curiosities that are often seen lurking in assemblages of household objects. The idea of material manipulation first struck Dutton as a child, when he would build his own toys out of scrap construction materials and take things apart to see what was on the inside. Inspired by the combinations of human and animal forms that have appeared throughout art history to pop-culture, specifically Jim Henson's creatures in the 80s films Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, Dutton's art employs a hybrid of visual symbols using a multitude of textures and materials. His sculptures are intended to take their viewer on a journey into surreal realms, "a larger world that dwells within their creator".

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