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Cherry and Martin: Dromedary Resting - Matt Connors - 27 Feb 2010 to 3 Apr 2010

Current Exhibition

27 Feb 2010 to 3 Apr 2010
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11am - 6pm or by appt
Cherry and Martin
2712 S. La Cienega Blvd
CA 90034
Los Angeles, CA
North America
p: +1 310.559.0100

Matt Connors, 'Backgammon' , 2009
Gesso, found fabric, found wood frame
21 x 19 inches
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Artists in this exhibition: Matt Connors

Matt Connors

Dromedary Resting

February 27 – April 3, 2010

Cherry and Martin is pleased to present its first solo exhibition of Matt Connors’ abstract paintings. The exhibition is Connors' first solo exhibition in Los Angeles.

The exhibition opens at Cherry and Martin on February 27, 2010 and runs through April 3, 2010.

The opening reception is Saturday, February 27, 2010 from 6-8pm.

Matt Connors’ works examine a range of non-mimetic signs including touch, frame and surface, while flirting with the representing possibilities of a number of different emblems, including letter and number forms, stars and pennants. Some of these emblems are gleaned from everyday usage and seem oddly familiar. Some of them are mysterious and open the door to the possibility of private meanings. Exploring the idiosyncrasies of personal vision while directing the viewer in a loose, yet insistent way, Connors’ paintings elicit an emotional and visceral response while at the same time allowing for a range of intellectual questions. It has been suggested that Connors’ pictures are not so much abstract paintings as paintings of abstract paintings. In some sense this is true, yet, at the same time, Connors paintings have a not-to-be overlooked handmade aspect that thoroughly grounds viewer and object in their own space.

There is a found object quality to Matt Connors’ practice that draws not only on the world around us, but also on histories and practices of painting. For example, Backgammon (2009), combines a stretcher, a roll of found material and a hand-brushed application of Gesso. Gesso is, of course, a store-bought undercoat typically used to start not finish a canvas. The result here is an enigmatic, seemingly grid-dependent monochrome that straddles painting as an immediate and a historical moment.

Also included in the exhibition will be one of Connors’ new frottage pictures. The nature of frottage implies that studio practice is a kind of loop that that both reaches out at the world and looks back upon itself. The exhibition title, Dromedary Resting, also suggests that refraction and illusion, happy accidents and purposeful incommensurabilities are as much a fact of art making as our experience of it.

Matt Connors will participate in upcoming solo exhibitions at Galerie Martin Janda (Vienna) and CANADA (New York). Connors’s paintings were included in Matt Connors, Arturo Herrera and Merlin James at Sikkema Jenkins (New York) and he has had recent solo exhibitions at Lüttgenmeijer (Berlin) and The Breeder (Athens). Connors received his BFA from Bennington College in 1995 and his MFA from Yale University in 2006. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

Cherry and Martin gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11am-6pm or by appointment. For further information and images contact Mary Leigh Cherry or Philip Martin at 310.559.0100.

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