Matthew Marks Gallery

Vincent Fecteau

Vincent Fecteau is best known for his modestly sized abstract sculptures, which he makes by hand using papier-mâché, plaster, and clay, as well as such commonplace items as rubber bands, seashells, and string. Their incongruous forms, unnerving color schemes, and often unsettling details are the result of numerous formal decisions made during the sculpting process: “I start with a form, I change that form, I change it again, I change it again. It either looks more like something or less like something. If it goes too close to looking like one thing, I move it away to look like something else. The idea being that it never quite settles into any one way of being read. That it can be all those things.”

Collage has also played a central role in Fecteau’s art since the beginning of his career. His collages typically combine images (clippings from architecture magazines, photographs by the artist) with materials such as cardboard and found pieces of wood or rope to create shallow reliefs. The effect is often an ambiguous sense of depth and an oscillation between abstract and domestic space.

Vincent Fecteau (b. 1969) lives and works in San Francisco. His work was featured in the 2002 and 2012 Whitney Biennials and the 2013 Carnegie International in Pittsburgh. His one-person museum exhibitions include the Art Institute of Chicago, the Kunsthalle Basel, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Fridericianum in Kassel, Germany, and the Vienna Secession, among others. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2016.

Selected Works

Exhibitions

VINCENT FECTEAU

July 14–September 29, 2018

1062 North Orange Grove
Los Angeles

VINCENT FECTEAU

May 9–June 28, 2014

523 West 24th Street
New York

VINCENT FECTEAU

September 10–October 24, 2009

523 West 24th Street
New York

Group Exhibitions

MAGIC BEN BIG BOY
Lutz Bacher, Nayland Blake, Vincent Fecteau

February 9–April 20, 2019

526 West 22nd Street
New York

TRISHA DONNELLY, VINCENT FECTEAU, PETER FISCHLI DAVID WEISS, NAN GOLDIN, MARTIN HONERT, MICHEL MAJERUS, PAUL SIETSEMA, REBECCA WARREN

September 8–October 21, 2017

522 West 22nd Street
526 West 22nd Street
New York

SO I TRAVELED A GREAT DEAL...
Organized by Vincent Fecteau and Jordan Stein

July 6–August 18, 2017

522 West 22nd Street
New York

ROBERT ADAMS, VINCENT FECTEAU, ROBERT GOBER, MARTIN PURYEAR, CHARLES RAY, ANNE TRUITT, TERRY WINTERS

October 31, 2015–February 13, 2016

523 West 24th Street
New York

NAYLAND BLAKE, THOMAS DEMAND, TRISHA DONNELLY, VINCENT FECTEAU, WADE GUYTON

July 20–September 21, 2013

1062 North Orange Grove
7818 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles

Books

VINCENT FECTEAU

VINCENT FECTEAU
you have did the right thing when you put that skylight in

VINCENT FECTEAU

MAGIC BEN BIG BOY
Nayland Blake, Vincent Fecteau, Lutz Bacher

Editions

VINCENT FECTEAU
Untitled Multiple (bottoms)