Matt Connors: Look Up

7 June - 20 July

Xavier Hufkens Gallery, Brussels.

 

Xavier Hufkens is pleased to announce the second exhibition by Matt Connors at the gallery. For Look Up, Connors has developed a wide range of tones, building on the inspiration he draws from life in a city built on grids, lines, and boundaries. 

Point of view is essential to examining these images. We could indeed be looking up, or even down, at the infrastructure of a modern metropolis. We could be looking out from, or even into, the myriad patterns of urban life. Connors says these potential filters come from a directive he has given himself as a 21-st century city dweller. What questions arise when we look at the world not as the signifiers we know, but as a series of unknowns?

Figures re-emerge in different patterns, with varied weights and palettes. Deep fields of color are balanced with blocks of white space. Borders can be traditional — contained within the idea of a frame — or can jut into the viewer’s world: Some of the pieces are not on canvas, but are instead plaster casts that paint has been encouraged to seep into. By mounting them on the wall or on pedestals, Connors turns them into objects with a mysterious form and function.

No/After/Life, 2018

Matt Connors (b. 1973, Chicago) lives and works in New York. Recent group exhibitions include: New York Painting, Kunstmuseum Bonn (2015); The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, MoMA, New York (2014) and Painter, Painter at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2013). Solo exhibitions include: Impressionism, MoMA PS1, New York (2012), Gas... Telephone... One Hundred Thousand Rubles, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany (2011). In 2015, Matt Connors was a resident at the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas. In 2012, he published the award-winning book A Bell is a Cup.

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