I was born in 1977. I was raised in West Virginia not far from Gettysburg and Harper’s Ferry. Needless to say, these areas take their history very seriously. As a child being towed around from one historical sight to the next, I remember not understanding how all these places fit together. It wasn’t until I moved to New York to attend The Cooper Union that my sense of history began to solidify. I began trying to reconcile the slippage between historical images and historical events. My work centered on trying to resolve these incongruities. Four years later, I found myself at Yale University still struggling with these questions. It was there that I finally realized, the work should celebrate these problems, not try to solve them. I finally freed myself to make work about not understanding how everything fits together, and to delight in the failure.

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EDUCATION
2001 MFA, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT
1999 BFA, The Cooper Union School of Art, New York, NY

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2010 WITH FLYING COLORS, Yuka Contemporary, Tokyo, JP
2009 HISTORICALISH, The Art Center, Martinsburg, WV
2008 MATTHEW HANSEL, Cerasoli Gallery, Culver City, CA
2007 YOUTH IS WASTED, Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, NY

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2010 ANGELCA 01, Yuka Contemporary, Tokyo, JP
TOKYO ART FAIR, Yuka Contemporary Booth, Tokyo, JP
2009 CURLY Q, Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, NY
395/NADA ART IN/VISIBLE SPACES, Brooklyn, NY
OLD SCHOOL, Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, NY
2008 GIFTED, Cerasoli LeBasse Gallery, Culver City, CA
AQUA ART FAIR, Cerasoli LeBasse Gallery, Miami, FL
SPLASH, Cerasoli Gallery, Culver City, CA