Although made from decidedly non-traditional materials, this work is based on the traditional Double Wedding Ring quilt pattern. Instead of cloth, however, the top is pieced from printed paper that was bonded to nylon net (tulle) with clear acrylic medium. John Lefelhocz explains, “I printed the paper, laid layers of tulle over the top, painted the entire surface with clear acrylic medium, let it dry and cut out the shapes as needed for the Double Wedding Ring pattern. The acrylic medium made for a nice base to bond the matches to (something like 3000 or more). The matches have been neutralized. I cut off the heads and dipped the remaining sticks in blue and white paint several times to make a mock matchstick head. I was aiming to point out the parallels between passion, fire, love, power and combustibility by using the matches.
"The printed images are wedding cakes, corsets, and dollar bills tied in the shape of a bow tie. The wedding cake is the symbol of sweetness and consumption. The corsets are dual symbols of feminine power and constriction. You have to be attractive for the attention, but you may suffer for it. The money bow ties are a masculine counterpart to the corsets. You may have to have money to get the attention, but it might choke you.”
In his book Fiber-Optic: Textiles in Contemporary Art, Matthew Mangold commented, "The notion of 'fiber' often includes not only materials commonly employed in the development of quilts, tapestries, and other such coverings, but unorthodox substances that heighten the conceptual basis in the work. Sheet metal, window screening, sugar packets, and trinkets of consumer culture are [John Lefelhocz's] chosen substance deployed against the detritus of Pop Art. His compositions are not the ironically banal semiotics of Andy Warhol or James Rosenquist. Although not as sly as his predecessors, Lefelhocz's attacks are blatant, devastating and often two-pronged. One only need to look at works like Match Schticks, where the institutions of marriage and the quilting tradition light up equally under his brand of RADAR."
Match Schticks is included in Robert Shaw's American Quilts: The Democratic Art, 1780-2007 and also was the cover quilt in the catalogued exhibition Man-Made Quilts: Civil War to the Present shown at the Shelburne Museum in 2012.
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