21" x 17" MEDIUM pastel drawing over inkjet print on Hahnemuhle museum etching paper with hand-deckled edge
Unique work from a series of 8, 2022
Signed, dated and numbered by the artist on front
ABOUT THE WORK
Matt Phillips' paintings are abstract meditations on the ever-shifting terrain of object perception, resulting in potent color portals that contain a multiplicity, similar to light refracting. In our new collaboration Mollusk, Phillips created eight unique works on paper with original pastel drawings covering the base archival pigment print, which will also be released separately as a limited edition.
"I have painted several iterations of Mollusk over the past few years. Remaking an image is not unlike saying a word over and over again. Initially, the act of repetition seems to deepen my connection to language. This quickly gives way, and I find myself in the territory of abstraction, a place where rhythm, intonation, and structure can foreground meaning. Through repetition, the subject matter of Mollusk has been many different things. It has been a study in how an octopus moves and how a flower blossoms. It's been a chase after the color of a January sunset and a chance encounter with a snail on the underside of a leaf. Mollusk has reminded me of watching my young son’s bathwater spiral down the drain, and been my feeble attempt to diagram the way two distant galaxies might eventually collide."
Matt Phillips has had solo exhibitions at The Landing Gallery (Los Angeles), Reynolds Gallery (Richmond, VA), Direktorenhaus Museum (Berlin), Studio d’Arte Raffaelli (Trento, Italy), Devening Projects (Chicago), Zillman Art Museum (Bangor, Maine), and Steven Harvey (New York). He has participated in group exhibitions at Mindy Solomon Gallery (Miami), Nino Mier Gallery (Los Angeles), Hollis Taggart (New York), Jeff Bailey Gallery (Hudson, NY), and Ampersand Gallery (Portland, OR). Phillips has been an artist-in-residence at The Fores Project, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony. He currently lives and works in New York.
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