At first the Shift in the Shift Show was just a chance to get a joke in. Then it was about materials: I’ve recently moved from working almost exclusively on plywood to mixing in some pieces on canvas. It has been an adventure transitioning to the bounce and life that canvas has, and it has brought me back to working more with brushes; they just get along so well. It wasn’t long, however, before it began to be about so much more – all the other shifts in the work and the world. The shift to the optimism of spring after a hard winter grind. The shift between depth and surface. The shift between intention and intuition. The shift from the private act of painting to public act of exhibition. The shift between this physical world, and the spiritual one right behind it.
I am excited about the way that a two-dimensional pursuit like painting can accommodate, illustrate and illuminate all of these shifts. Nothing is still. Everything shifts. Thanks for coming along for the ride.
Matt's work will be on display at GAS until May 13th, 2018. Come see!
Also, check out these pics from the show's reception on April 29th.