Matthew Steele's wood sculptures find stylistic balance between elegance and industrialism, as he is enamored with the efforts of humanity to transcend earthly obstacles with infrastructures such as highways, dams and bridges. It is his intent to personify our internal technologies through sculptural depictions of these utilitarian endeavors. All of the work on view is made with sawed and squared planks of soft, grainy walnut, tacked together with tiny nails. After graduating with a BFA in sculpture from Indiana University in Bloomington, Steele arrived in Charlotte in early 2012 to participate in the artist residency program at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation. Recently, he was honored with a solo exhibition at Pease Gallery at Central Piedmont Community College and an artist residency at Skyline Artists in Residence in uptown Charlotte. During this residency he created a 70 foot site specific installation made of steel.
"To me, functional objects, large or small, personify our intentions and aspirations. Through no small means we continue to build the world we want to see through feat after feat, and this gesture is not lost on me. It is my intention to distill these things down to find the initial human moment in these endeavors."