About the Artist

Matthew Stemler is known for creating drawings, sculpture, and contemplative installation works. He finds a poetic language in unexpected materials while examining the social and technological structures of contemporary society. Stemler’s handling of materials is as intimate as the introspective themes that saturate the work. His creations often accentuate connections in the assembly, so literal and figurative bonds are as much a part of the work as the forms that seem caught in their configuration.

Matthew Stemler completed an AA from Antonelli Institute of Art and a BFA from Temple University, Tyler School of Art before receiving his MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He currently teaches in the Department of Visual Arts at Cairn University in Langhorne, PA where he is also the curator for the Connie A. Eastburn Gallery. Stemler resides in Yardley, PA.

Exhibitions of Stemler’s work include the James A. Michener Art Museum, The Square Halo Gallery, and Art in City Hall. His installations have been exhibited at the Eastern State Penitentiary Museum and the LGTripp Gallery.

Drawing and sculpture are a means for me to frame ideas within a contemporary life pervaded with incongruence. Conceptually, I am compelled by the dichotomy of reality; what we perceive versus what we believe. I am drawn toward developing the qualities that are found in materials innately and look for ways to poetically connect their handling to my own life’s patterns. My work can be characterized by complex constructions that mix natural phenomena and technology with a farmer’s inclination to tinker. They often stage situations of consequence in order to provide opportunity for a type of redemption to occur within the act of making.