Subject Tags: abstract
Size: 11"W x 14"H x 0.5"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
Pressed hands on top of another canvas to create the leaflike appearance.
Born in 1989 in Charlottesville, Virginia Matt has emerged as an abstract painter from the generation of kids influenced early on by the expressive and explicit art of hip hop and rap music. By listening to and composing music of his own, he absorbed an acute attention to both formal and asymmetrical sound structures with the powerful emotional undertones music conveys. Music, as well as the inspiration of Van Gogh, Pollock and Picasso, has been a central aspect to the physicality and boldness of his art. Experimenting with a variety of graphic media subject matter while studying and earning a B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University, Matt’s visual vocabulary was ultimately refined through photography and poetry – in which he exposed the spatial voids and physical edges between people and objects in everyday social isolation. After years of refining his abstract vocabulary that emerged from ongoing experimentation in music, action painting on readymade surfaces and photography, Matt’s current paintings continue to explore the intuitive and fluid nature of music and the emotional action of painting without using brushes. As an outgrowth of his early ‘gestural abstraction’ in which paintings were the result of splashing and dripping poster paint on large surfaces placed on the ground (usually outside on the grass) – then tipping and rotating surfaces to dictate the directional flow of lines-it is this steady obsession with random, intuitive action painting without brushes and controlled use of tipping and pressing that build up to create fields of bright jarring color blocks, informal edges and visceral devotion to the inner experience of listening while tracing the emotional experience of music through color and form.