Ersatz Garden is a laboratory of what might take root and flourish out of the sites of physical and abstract gardens not merely vegetally but perceptually. The speculative work departs from the sites of Claude Monet’s water lily ponds in Giverny and a nearby garden of the Physiocrats – a group whose name means “government of nature” and who are considered the first to systematize economics. A psychological space emerges from the entangled garden of vision and abstraction, experience and memory, the real and the fake. A space opens beyond optical aesthetics into the intersubjective hyperspace of value. Fragments of models, of symbolic orders, have been shaken from their place in historical epistemes and “natural” orders and have gone feral, intermingling in the interstices. (Initial research and filming for the project was supported by the Terra Foundation through the Summer Residency Fellowship. Wilson’s work is currently supported by the Mondriaan Fonds)
Matthew C. Wilson is an American artist based in the Netherlands. In his films/videos, sculptures, and installations viewers encounter a range of agents—mercurial materials, non-humans, intersubjective entities—entangled in natural processes and shape-shifting historical forces. His projects track the inertia of Modernity through contemporary ecological crises, into speculative futures.
Wilson received his MFA from Columbia University and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program. He has participated in numerous residencies including the Jan van Eyck Academie, Artistic Research Residency at Tabakalera, Terra Foundation, CSAV/Fondazione Antonio Ratti, and Skowhegan. His work has been presented on Vdrome.org, at IFFR International Film Festival Rotterdam, Eye Filmmuseum, Círculo de Bellas Artes Madrid, Het Nieuwe Instituut - Rotterdam, Exhibition Research Lab - Liverpool, Brooklyn Rail Curatorial Projects, among others. Wilson is currently a tutor at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam.