Absence and Presence in
the Works of Matt Kleberg
By Meaghan Ritchey, Guest Curator
“The threshold is a place of expectation.” —JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Just up the dusty road from the Cody Center stands Roger Feldman’s sculpture Threshold. Constructed for Laity Lodge out of local limestone, Threshold’s repeated geometric forms—wide circles complemented by narrow arches—somehow expand the perceptions of those who are inside. Closed off and yet opened up, the structure has an effect on your body. In the stillness and quiet, questions begin to arise. You are becoming reacquainted with your inner life.
Matt Kleberg’s architectonic works—portals, entryways, domes, grottos, and curtained alcoves—are meant to create similarly dynamic spaces, where questions abound and answers hide. Such is the case with the works included in his Cody Center exhibit A Slog and a Joy.
Kleberg revels in painting ambiguous spaces where multiple perspectives are free to run wild, in and out of shallow recesses and thinly veiled frames:
“I’m after a structured, solid sense of unknowing, a concrete expression of mystery and paradox. I stumble around searching for just the right color juxtaposition, just the right form, waiting to be surprised,” he remarked in Creative Voyage, a quarterly art journal.