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Name  Matthew Sleeth

Role  Visual artist
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Matthew Sleeth (born 1972) is an Australian visual artist who lives and works between Melbourne and New York City and is known for his cross disciplinary practice across a range of media. His body of work often playfully reveals the power relations that underpin contemporary social and political systems.


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Sleeth established his early reputation with a number of photographic monographs. Roaring Days, largely consists of experiments with street photography made while still a student, The Bank Book is a response to the making of a feature film, and Tour of Duty looks at how the West reacts to a crisis, using the conflict in East Timor as the starting point.

In 2001 Matthew Sleeth was named one of the 30 most influential artists under 30 in PDN Magazine.

In 2005/6 Sleeth lived in Tokyo as part of the Australia Council’s studio residency program and was named as one of Australia’s 50 most collectable artists by Australian Art Collector Magazine in 2006 and 2008. His book Tour of Duty was included in The Photobook: A History volume 2 by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger.

In recent years his practice has been more conceptually driven, working across media, primarily engaging with photography in addition to video, sculpture and print-making. The exhibition Sleeth presented for the 2008 Melbourne International Arts Festival, Pattern Recognition, was described as exploring "ideas about photography itself". His solo exhibition, Various Positions (parts 1 through 6), opened at New York's Claire Oliver Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan on 18 March 2009, and was described as "working toward a new photographic aesthetic".

In 2010 Sleeth was a recipient of the Siemens-RMIT Fine Art Scholarship Award for his work Scale Model for Still Life which is a 3D printed sculpture using Stereolithography.


  • Ten Series/106 Photographs (Aperture (magazine), New York, 2007)
  • Opfikon (M.33, Melbourne, 2004)
  • Survey (Josef Lebovic Gallery, Sydney, 2004)
  • home + away (M.33, Melbourne, 2003)
  • Tour Of Duty (Hardie Grant Books, Melbourne, 2002)
  • Roaring Days (M.33, Melbourne, 1998)
  • 2010 - 2016

  • Rules to Live By, Claire Oliver Gallery, New York 2016
  • Magnificent Obsessions, Claire Oliver Gallery, New York 2015
  • The Future is Here, RMIT Design Hub, (London Design Museum), Melbourne 2014
  • Claire Oliver, Art Basel Miami, 2014
  • Intentionally Left Blank, Trocadero Art Space, Melbourne 2014
  • Representation and Reproduction: a love story, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 2014
  • The Last Carpark, WestSpace, Melbourne (Liquid Architecture Festival of Sound Art) 2013
  • The Generative Freeway Project, Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney, (ISEA) 2013
  • The Rise and Fall Of Western Civilization [And Other Obvious Metaphors], Claire Oliver Gallery, New York 2011
  • 2000 - 2009

  • Long Distance Visions, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 2009
  • Various Positions Parts 1-6, Claire Oliver Gallery, New York 2009
  • Matthew Sleeth: Security, Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Victoria 2009
  • Pattern Recognition, Sophie Gannon Gallery & multiple site specific public installations Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne. 2008
  • Matthew Sleeth, Claire Oliver Gallery, Next 08 @ Art Chicago, USA. 2008
  • Ten Series, Aperture Gallery, New York. 2008
  • Ten Series, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney.2007
  • Mixed Tape, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne. 2007
  • Rosebud, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington, Victoria. 2007
  • 12 Views of Mount Fuji, Jan Manton Art, Brisbane. 2007
  • Call Of The Wild, Fyrtøjet, Odense Photo Triennial, Denmark. 2006
  • Pictured, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne. 2006
  • Rosebud, Fremantle Prison, Fotofreo Festival, Fremantle, Western Australia. 2006
  • Red China, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne. 2005
  • Tour Of Duty, Galerie Lichtblick, Cologne. 2004
  • Survey, Josef Lebovic Gallery at The Depot, Sydney. 2004
  • Feet, Citylights, Melbourne. 2003
  • Tour Of Duty, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne. 2002
  • Roaring Days, Leica Gallery, Tokyo. 2001
  • Tour Of Duty, Boccalero Gallery, Los Angeles. 2001
  • Roaring Days, Saba Gallery, New York. 2000
  • 1996 - 1999

  • Roaring Days, Photographers’ Gallery, Melbourne.1998
  • Roaring Days, Stills Gallery, Sydney.1998
  • Silvers Circus, Leica Gallery, Solms, Germany.1998
  • Boys, Prostitutes Collective of Victoria, Melbourne.1997
  • Short Stories, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne.1996
  • Galleries

  • New York City: Claire Oliver Gallery 513 West 26th Street, New York, NY
  • References

    Matthew Sleeth (visual artist) Wikipedia

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