Statement

 

A little byzantine wizard with a very high batting average approaches the cultural sphere. Hand gestures, sigils, and magic in thought, an intricate social scaffold that absorbs the lateness of friends. A layered transparency of every painting and drawing she made moves somewhere between belief and excitement. They can remember the characters of his favorite childhood TV shows intertwining structures of feeling. The radical is contextual—the golden legend—a chute for hay, food, toys, and laughing sliding bodies. Rays of light and an arrow emanate the fullest autonomy of line, color, and shape within the shallow confines of a well-attended obscurity. “Tinted alabaster,” someone says, and unlike the rose-colored son, both fathers understand the green will not burn. Through the cornfield two rows of trees then a small hill, phosphorescent factories and cities, harmony, and the principle of extraplanetary succession. The results? A humorous retelling of the tale where meaning is found atop a train track that runs in memory; Artifacts and forces frame Baroque sentences carefully; a rainbow palette for modelling the figure, the animal, and the setting. None of this can be properly said to belong to the past. Sleepwalkers urinate in dresser drawers as men from different areas of town challenge one another in a fierce competition. Content arising from verbal supplements: a magical shield, a tool of mediation with the unseen, equal parts esoteric and popular. 



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MATT JONES (1980—), lives and works in New York City. Education—Cooper Union. (1998-2002, BFA); Yale University School of Art—Norfolk. Ellen Battell Stoeckel Grant. (2001); Hunter College. (2017-2020, MFA) Selected Solo and Two Person Exhibitions2018 Time Walk, Galerie Jérôme Pauchant, Paris. (September—October) 2016 Passion as Model for Patience, Galerie Jérôme Pauchant, Paris. Intervention. (Oct 15—Dec 17) 2015 Ancestral Recall, Galerie Jérôme Pauchant, Paris. Catalog. (April 17—June 6); A horrendous assembly, clawing and jerking, all mashed tightly into specks that rest upon the seeing orb, eventually layering as a pearl does into kingdoms of permanent escape, Castor Gallery, New York. With Eric Wiley. (May 7—21) 2014 Geister, The Richard Massey Foundation, New York. (Feb 3—Mar 3); Solo Booth, Bodson Gallery, Art Brussels, Brussels, Belgium. (Apr 25–27); Super Smash Brothers, Creative Time, New York. Performance. With Kadar Brock. (Nov 21) 2013 Planetary, Bleecker Street Arts Club, New York. (Jul 24—Aug 31) 2012 Evil Dead 2, Horton Gallery, Berlin, Germany. Catalog. With Kadar Brock. (Feb 24—Mar 30); The Dinner Party, Anonymous Gallery, New York. Performance. (Summer) 2011 Multiverse, Freight + Volume, New York, NY. (Mar 31—May 3) Selected Group Exhibitions2019 Age Before Beauty, Wallspace, Brooklyn. (May 24); No Rules, Mana Contemporary Glass Gallery, (June) 2017 Hard Hunting, Hunter College, New York. (Spring 2017) 2016 Geo Necro, ADA Gallery, Richmond, Virginia. (May 6—Jun 11); Polychrome, Driscoll Babcock Gallery, New York. (Jan 7—Mar 5); Between You and Me, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington. (Feb 27—Mar 26) 2015 Art—Les Bains in 2015, Les Bains, Paris. Curated by Jérôme Pauchant; 18 Percent, Castor Gallery, New York. (Feb 5—20) 2014 Sha Boogie Bop, Anonymous Gallery, New York. (Oct 29—Nov 5); Cirrus, Dorfman Projects, New York. (Nov 6—Dec 6); Mandala: Locus of Thought, Tibet House, New York. (Jan 9—Mar 3); New/Idols, The Varsity, Brooklyn. (Sep 5—Oct 5); NY/NO, Galleri Geo, Bergen, Norway. (Apr 25—May 25); Post-Psychedelic Dreams, Grey East, East Hampton, NY. (Jun 20—Jul 20); Driscoll Babcock, Miami Project, Miami; 2013 Suddenness & Certainly, Robert Miller Gallery, New York. Curated by Robert Greene; Pulse Art Fair, Driscoll Babcock, Miami. (Dec 3—8); Sweat Baby Sweat, Gildar Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA. (Apr 19—May 24); Magic Kingdom, Old School, Spring Break, New York. (Mar 7—10); The Example, Bleecker Street Art Club, New York. (Spring); About Space, The ArtBridge Drawing Room, New York. (Jan 10—Apr 11); Painted Perfect, Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico. (Feb 7—Mar 30); Synthesis, Bottleneck Gallery, Brooklyn. (Dec 13—Jan 13, 2014); 2012 News from Chicago and New York, Fiebach Minninger, Cologne. Organized by Henning Strassburger. (Winter); Portrait of a Generation, The Hole, New York. (Jun 7—Aug 10); Powerplay - A Radical Sculpture Park, Hayground, Bridgehampton, NY (Jul 14—Aug 24); The Usual Suspects, Brooklyn Fireproof, Brooklyn. (Summer); Cosmic Architecture, Artists Wanted, Long Island City, New York. (Summer); The Final Frontier, The Atlantic Conference, Brooklyn. (Apr 21—May 21); casas de empeño, Anonymous Gallery, New York & Mexico City. (Feb 9—March 31); 2011 ..., The Hole, New York. (Dec 16, 2011—Feb 4, 2012); Between Two Friends, Varet Space, Brooklyn. (June 2-5); NADA, The Hole, Miami, FL (Dec 1—4); Control Alt Delete, HKJB, Brooklyn, NY. (May 27); Outer Space, Exit Art, New York, NY (May 18); Public Collections Lever House Art Collection, New York;  Phillip Schrager Collection Omaha, NE. Selected Bibliography 2016 Nirenberg, Michael. Conversation With Painter Matt Jones. Huffington Post. Interview 2015 Cox, Steven. Hunted Projects. Matt Jones. Interview; Moustache Magazine. Matt Jones: The Gaming Painter. Interview; Zimmer, Lori. Art Nerd. New York’s Top Event Picks for the Week. 2014 A Perimiter. Issue One. Summer 2014. Portfolio; Savdie, Ilana. Tucked In / Art Crush. Interview; Leading Culture Destinations. Matt Jones. Interview; Aspen, Aurora. Purple Diary. A Visit to Matt Jones's Studio; 2013 Ross, Cody, Contra. System Overload - Artist Matt Jones; Martinez, Jamie. Art Fuse. Synthesis at Bottleneck Gallery. 2012 Thomas, BreakThru Radio. Art Uncovered: Matt Jones; Harrison, Helen, Sag Harbor Express. Eye on Art - The Power of Sculpture. July 25; Ulrich, Jorge, NY Arts Magazine, 30 Artists to Watch; Sutphin, Eric. Beard and Brush. Noted: Seeing Stars - The Atlantic Conference Presents: The Final Frontier; Fitzgerald, Ali. Daily Serving. Evil Dead 2 at Horton Gallery Berlin; Calandra, Maria. Pencil in the Studio. Matt Jones; Atkins, Devin Elise. Berline Art Link. EVIL DEAD 2: Matt Jones and Kadar Brock at Horton Gallery; Simkover, Rachel. Pigs (Berlin). Evil Dead 2 @ Horton Gallery; Taylor, Leah. Flavor Pill. Meditating in Space; 2011 Bernstein, Julia. Purple Diary. Matt Jones at the Hole; Finch, Charlie. Art Net. Drink Your Lola Cola; Ross, Cody. i-D. Party in the city where the heat is on" & "Welcome to Miami Part II; Russeth, Andrew. 16 Miles of String. "Control Alt Delete": A One-Night HKJB Show in Bushwick; Sutphin, Eric. Beard and Brush. Review: Matt Jones Multiverse at Freight + Volume; Sutphin, Eric. Artcritical. Punk Rock Nirvana: Matt Jones' Multiverse; Locascio, Monica. Paper Magazine. Word Up! Last Call Gallery Hop!; Nalley, JD. Leaves of Glass. Multiverse: In the Plywood Forest of Matt Jones; Dicker, Geoffrey. According2g. "Matt Jones: Multiverse" Visiting Artist and Talks—2016 Artist Talk, Matt Jones—Abstraction, Professor Anna Kell, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. 2014 Artist Talk and Studio Visits, Professor Mark Thomas Gibson, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, NY. 2013 Matt Jones in conversation with Lucianne Walkowicz, Bleecker Street Arts Club, New York. (Aug 14)