Thursday, December 27, 2012

Getting By in the Foreverscape

Getting By in the Foreverscape: New work by Colin Matthes
January 18- March 10, 2013
Join us for the opening reception Gallery Night January 18, 6-10pm. Artist will be in attendance.

Getting By in the Foreverscape 

Colin Matthes makes work about engineering the absurd, which allows him to address economic and environmental crisis from a funny, critical, fatalistic, and industrious point of view. His upcoming exhibition, Getting By in the Foreverscape, is influenced by empty places and harsh weather. Featuring drawings made while in residence at Cow House Studios in Wexford Ireland and the release of the limited edition poster set, Essential Knowledge: Volume 1 this is Matthes’s first solo exhibition in Milwaukee since 2008. Within this exhibition the viewer will find advertising, questionable science, obsessiveness, paranoid ramblings, and genuine concern laced with humor. 

Colin Matthes’s drawing based multi-disciplinary practice includes painting, object making,installation, public art projects, and zine and graphic production. Arts writer Rafael Salas described his work as, “heartwarming, nostalgic, and full of humor despite its grim prognosis.” He works collectively with Justseeds, a decentralized network of twenty-six artists living in the US, Canada, and Mexico. They run a print collective, produce portfolios, contribute graphics to movements, co-publish books, and build installations. Matthes, based in Milwaukee, WI, has exhibited across Europe and the United States, including solo-exhibitions at Artspace Leguit, Antwerp, Belgium and Igloo Gallery, Portland, Oregon, and group exhibitions at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia and the Haggerty Museum, Milwaukee, WI. He has completed numerous residency programs including Hotel Pupik (Austria), Werkkamp (Belgium), Cow House Studios (Ireland), Harold Arts (USA), and AS220 (USA). Colin’s upcoming projects include exhibitions at Monster Truck, Dublin, Ireland and El Butron, Seville, Spain.

Above image: Moving On: ink, acrylic, gouache, and flasche on paper, 40x58in, 2012