Bethany Anne Pappalardo

  • “Matthew Sontheimer.” Installation view.
    picks September 09, 2003

    Matthew Sontheimer

    For the last few years, Matthew Sontheimer, a Houston-based artist making his New York solo debut, has been working on a project based on the myth of Sisyphus. “Within a Name” includes six of the works from this series–-four small ink–and–Wite-Out drawings on Mylar and two modestly sized vinyl wall pieces. They’re quiet and unassuming works, but they hold up under the weight of the myth. In fact, Sontheimer’s formal restraint seems crucial to his endeavor’s viability. For each piece, he uses a simple code (derived, for example, from a telephone keypad) to transpose a short text into graphic