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By combining Classical, Romantic, and Baroque compositional elements with contemporary pictorial techniques, Generic Art Solutions manage to illuminate the common thread that connects past histories with current events.
Generic Art Solutions is the collaborative efforts of Matt Vis and Tony Campbell. This New Orleans-based art duo utilizes nearly every art medium as they examine the recurring themes of human drama and the (dis)functions of contemporary society. Always rooted in the performative, they play every character in their work. In their more distilled “duets” we see something of a yin and yang (a balance between individuals that aren’t quite interchangeable), but in their more elaborate stagings the resultant effect is as epic as the subject matter itself. By combining Classical, Romantic, and Baroque compositional elements with contemporary pictorial techniques, they manage to illuminate the common thread that connects past histories with current events. This strategy creates something of a “Déjà Vu effect” that is driven by drama and surreality with traces of levity. In this dialogue between the past and present the viewer realizes several things: 1) that the history of art is inextricably political, 2) that human behavior repeats itself no matter how tragic or brutal, and 3) that this cycle of repetition must be broken so personal and societal progress can be made. Despite all this, their work contains a glimmer of hope–a hope that through thoughtful examination (and armed with a commitment to change) we can indeed forge a better future.
Their “Video Portraits” (Caesar and Caligula, Power and Shame, Tin Soldiers, etc.) are certainly no less poignant, if less visually complex. Shot in black and white and viewed in pairs, the near-identical figures (again, played by Vis and Campbell) resemble “living human sculpture” struggling to keep their composure. These nearly motionless figures portray disciplined characters as they accept their fate before our very eyes. Consequently, these looped real-time observations provide the viewer a feeling of control as they stand in silent critique of society’s power figures and their eventual corruption.
Photography and Film Constructs – Willis Smith Gallery, Ringling College, Sarasota, FL.
Material,-Duplex 10 m² Sarajevo, Bosnia.
Katrina then and now part 2 – Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester , MASS
In The Shadow of at Giant- Good Children Gallery, New Orleans, LA.
Moving Image Art Fair, Mindy Solomon gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY.
Toward a New Paradigm – Gallery 126, Cork, Ireland.
Guns in the Hands of Artists- Jonathan Ferarra Gallery, New Orleans, LA.
Crime in Art- Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Poland.
Crowning Glory- Good Children Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Fútbol: The Beautiful Game- Los Angeles County Museum of Art- Los Angeles CA.
In God We Trust- Zachęta National Gallery, Warsaw, Poland.
Crescent City Connection- Dishman Museum, Beaumont TX.
Making It- University of New Orleans Gallery, New Orleans, LA.
Volta NY- Mindy Solomon Gallery. NY NY
Subversive Narratives, balzer ART project, Basel, Switzerland.
Pulse Miami. Jonathan Ferrara gallery, Miami, FL.
Texas Contemporary – Mindy Solomon Gallery, Houston TX
SCOPE, Basel – Mindy Solomon Gallery, Basel, Switzerland.
SCOPE, New York – Mindy Solomon Gallery, New York, NY.
Double Crescent – C24 Gallery – New York, NY
Hit Re-Fresh – Good Children Gallery – New Orleans. LA
Emerge – Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans. LA.
Strange Birds – Good Children Gallery, New Orleans.LA.
Hot Up Here – Arcadia Center For The Arts, Lafayette. LA.
Voodoo Fest – KKProjects. City Park, New Orleans. LA.
Hot Up Here – Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans. LA.
We Collaborate Better Than You – Good Children Gallery, New Orleans, LA.
Still Lives and Tragic Endings. – Good Children Gallery, New Orleans, LA.
No Dead Artists – Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA.
Artgasm – NOLA Candle, New Orleans LA.
The Horror Show, Barrister’s Gallery, New Orleans LA
Constance – Barristers Gallery New Orleans LA.
Game Bird sampler- The White Box @The Annex, New York NY
Nova Project- Barristers Gallery, New Orleans LA
Unusual Suspects – Barrister’s Gallery, New Orleans LA
Hurricane free Zone- New Orleans street signs.
All dressed up, Zeitgeist, New Orleans USA.
Likeness: Atypical Portraiture, Anne Wright Wilson Gallery, Georgetown College, KY
In Harm’s Way – Cities and Recovery, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY
American Muscle – Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans LA
Natural Disaster – ACME Gallery, New Orleans LA
Mardi Gras air freshener- Annual performance project, New Orleans.
Independence Day- South London Gallery, London UK.
Bing Bang- Mermaid Lounge, New Orleans. LA
Not your usual still life- Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans LA
“Art Cops Tour”, New York, London, New Orleans, Dublin, Belfast, Venice Biennale., Hobart Tasmania.
The Nest – Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, AUS.
Spaces (Good Children, Antenna and the Front)- Monopoly (st Claude), Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans. LA.
“Art Cops Tour”, New York, London, New Orleans, Dublin, Belfast, Venice Biennale.
Tin Soldiers – Silver Circle performance – Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans , LA.
Spill- New Orleans Museum of Art, LA.
Nest -Voodoo Fest – KKProjects. City Park, New Orleans. LA.
Art For Arts Sake. – Fountain. – Performance commissioned by The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. LA.
Art For Arts Sake. – Sing and Drinking Sculptures. – Performance commissioned by The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. LA.
Smoke Signals- UNO graduate show UNO Gallery, New Orleans,
Flashpoint- Good Children Gallery, New Orleans
Silver Circle Sculpture Award – Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans , LA.
Joan Mitchell Grant For Public Sculpture
Campbell – 1994 Royal College of Art, MA RCA (Fine Art). London, UK.
Vis – 1997 University of New Orleans MFA.
The Rauschenberg Residency, Captiva FL.
Our Mortal Souls – Good Children Gallery, New Orleans, LA.
Raw Horsepower – Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, FL.
10,000 RPMs – University of New Orleans Gallery Saint Claude, LA.
Generic Art Solutions, – Cross McKenzie Gallery, Washington, DC.
In the Shadow of a Giant – Good Children Gallery. New Orleans, LA.
Circa:NOW- Jonathan Ferrara Gallery– New Orleans, LA.
Renaissance Men- Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, FL.
Ignite Change – And X Gallery, Fort Worth, TX.
Bullet Proof – Arcadia Center for the Arts – Lafayette, LA.
Anarcadia- Jonathan Ferrara Gallery – New Orleans, LA.
Déjà Vu All Over Again – New Orleans Museum of Art. LA
New Britain Museum of Art .
New Orleans Museum of Art.
Museum of Fine Art , St. Petersburg, FL.
Museum of Old and New Art. Aus
Capital One Bank Art Collection.