Matthew Groves is the artist of Surrealism Style statuary. These three-dimensional artworks consist of 14 pieces, which are in one of the Chicago Cultural Center’s Michigan Avenue galleries. (The Chicago Cultural Center is at 78 E. Washington Street in Chicago, Ill.)This art exhibit began on Sep. 14, 2013, and it will end on Jan. 5, 2014. Admission to this gallery is free.
All of the miniature statues are glazed earthenware. All statuary depicts human forms or skeletons that have embedded, detached or unusual, body parts. The maximum length for these artworks is two feet. The maximum width is one foot.
Seven pieces are on this gallery’s, north wall. Two pieces are on the east wall, and the other, five pieces are on the south wall. Here are the titles of the 14 pieces: Universal Statue (2013), Mock Tudor (2013), Ignorant Skeleton (2013), I’m on Fire (2013), Pensive Skeletons (2013), Rock On (2013), Stat You (2013), Earthly Glory (His) 2013, Earthly Glory (Hearse) 2013), Wooly Man II (2008), The Execution (2013), Dog Head in Chains (2013), Party in Chains (2013) and Majolica Man (2013). Two of my favorites are Rock On and Wooly Man II.
Rock On is a spectacular piece that is approximately two feet long and ¾ foot wide. This statue is anthropomorphic, but the body has glazed, stone bits as its skin and hair. This statue is on the north wall.
Wooly Man II is also anthropomorphic. It is also approximately two feet high and ¾ foot wide. Covered in green, stony wool from head to knees, this figure has a metal chain around its waist. The right arm points skyward.
Matthew Groves’ statuary is unique, mysterious and certainly surrealistic. (One wonders whether he has nightmares involving these figures.) The workmanship is excellent. Viewers should expect nothing less than excellent from this artist who is an Assistant Professor of Fine Art at Loyola University Chicago. Michael Groves earned a Master’s Degree in Ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art.