The nude sleepwalker and 9 other deceptive sculptures by artist Tony Matelli

The nude sleepwalker and 9 other deceptive sculptures by artist Tony Matelli
 "Sleepwalker" in a gallery
(sculpture is on the right.)

In many of his works, Tony Matelli simulates reality.

The nude sleepwalker and 9 other deceptive sculptures by artist Tony Matelli
"Double Meat Head" is a sculpture
made from cast aluminum, 
cast bronze, urethane, and paint.

The nude sleepwalker and 9 other deceptive sculptures by artist Tony Matelli
Fake flies rest on the "Double Meat Head" sculpture.

The nude sleepwalker and 9 other deceptive sculptures by artist Tony Matelli
This glass of water is made entirely from glass.
The cardboard box it sits on is fiberglass.

The nude sleepwalker and 9 other deceptive sculptures by artist Tony Matelli
The water glass that contains no water.

The nude sleepwalker and 9 other deceptive sculptures by artist Tony Matelli
 "Constant Now" – a burning cigarette
balances on a box. It’s made of painted bronze,
fiberglass, paint, a smoke machine,
and electronics.

The nude sleepwalker and 9 other deceptive sculptures by artist Tony Matelli
A closeup view of the real fake smoke 
coming from the fake cigarette
not stuck to a real piece of gum.

The nude sleepwalker and 9 other deceptive sculptures by artist Tony Matelli
"Yesterday", a detail of a sculpture with
fake cigarettes and playing cards – 
all made of metal.

The nude sleepwalker and 9 other deceptive sculptures by artist Tony Matelli
Coins (real? fake?) float in a bucket 
of simulated water.

The nude sleepwalker and 9 other deceptive sculptures by artist Tony Matelli
"Josh", who balances.
(He is not a real person.)

The nude sleepwalker and 9 other deceptive sculptures by artist Tony Matelli
"The Idiot (reclining)"
is a cardboard Coors beer
package made of metal.

The nude sleepwalker and 9 other deceptive sculptures by artist Tony Matelli
"The Old Me" –
A real flame continously burns
on photos that are not made of paper.

The nude sleepwalker and 9 other deceptive sculptures by artist Tony Matelli
A metal dandelion weed sculpture grows 
in the cracks of an art gallery.

See more art at Tony Matelli>>
Sleepwalker photo from Harlan Erskine Photography>>

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