Matthew Wang

BA Fine Art XD

Matthew Wang

My journey began as something uneventful. I received an unaddressed envelope entitled ‘A Brief History of Ted Greenʼ, supposedly containing the 2016 graduation show work of Ted Green, a former Central Saint Martins student. For the two years it has been in my possession, the envelope has remained sealed, its full contents and the true identity of the owner unknown to me.

I am in search of the miraculous and the envelope is my companion. We have gone on a multitude of adventures: to America, Dusseldorf, Finland and back. It has been used, observed, analysed and caressed. It now makes an appearance at this year’s show, vitalised through me, my friends and strangers alike. At each juncture new constellations are created between past and future and between myself and other. What can an object or idea do? What can it become? Like branches and rhizomes spreading out and down into the earth, the envelope naturally grows. ‘Ted Green’ has generated many conversations, experiences and confrontations. One might say that Ted Green could be all objects, all ideas, all desires. Ted Green could be anywhere — it could confound and intrigue any one of us.

In its current form, the work is presented as a living archive — documents and materials that have been collected are placed on display, yet, they are not truth, not complete and not static. They continue to be generative, full of life and punctured by gaps, in dynamic relationships with those who engage with it.

The audiences striate the lines in the sand, they enter from any direction and exit with any intention. The work is a plane of exchange; it is a presentation of my methods and worldview.

Audiences are invited to take their own Ted Green parcel and run with their desires as I have. They are free to keep running, for until the parcel is open, their ideas, and mine, remain active and disturbing.

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