Death by Misadventure

Buia Gallery

New York

September 7-October 7, 2006

How could I forget, 2006
Acrylic on canvas
90 x 60 inches
(228.5 x 152.5 cm)

Press Release

Matt Jones
Death by Misadventure

Buia Gallery is pleased to present "Death by Misadventure," the debut solo exhibition of Cooper Union graduate Matt Jones.

Obsessed with his own personal journey and interactions with the closely-knit community that surrounds him and ascribing somewhat mockingly to the artist as hero myth, Jones' multiple contemporaneous projects involving painting, photography, video, and installation, denote his desire to conquer, critique, negotiate, and play with the world around him. And while incredibly human and intellectual issues provide the subject matter for his work, Jones, not unlike Martin Kippenberger, retains an optimistic, energetic, and wittily critical attitude- implementing a palette of bold pinks, yellows, blues, greens, and blacks against clean white, an effusive expressionist syle, and a fluidity of production contiguous with his endless curiosity and investigation.

It has been said, in effect, that this sort of intensity of production and detachment from the perfection of the old masters and the unrealistic idealism of the '60s reveals an allegiance with the hands on relatively egalitarian ethos of the Punk movement of the '80s or the Pop Art - Warhol, Polke, Picabia, etc... - rejection of traditionally conceived High Art. It is not, however, to say that Jones' work is unconsidered, haphazard, or capricious, for that would be a grave error. Jones' work, instead, is aggressively conceptual and with vigor, attitude, and decision manages to encapsulate larger truths in the form of paired down figural gestures - think here to a flare of Basquiat's schematic figures, a touch of Goya appropriation, the Kippenberger/Krebber disregard of "error," the Barry McGee/Steve Powers humor with a veer towards a Warholian palette and you will start to envision the work.

Matt Jones is a graduate of The Cooper Union and a two year gallery artist. His debut two-person exhibition in the spring of 2005 with Kadar Brock received praise in The New York Times by Roberta Smith as well as a fervent reaction by Charlie Finch on Jones was also a stand out in the NBC show at the gallery in fall of 2005. Shortly thereafter, he teamed up with fellow gallery artist Daniel Joseph for a great performance at Artists' Space in December. We are excited to start off the season with Matt Jones' greatly anticipated debut solo show.

Exhibition: September 7 - October 7, 2006
Gallery hours: Tues-Sat 10 am - 6 pm