Matt Rich: Lookout Parade
Aug. 29, 2013 - Oct. 12, 2013
Opening reception Aug. 29, 2013, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Emerson Dorsch presents Lookout Parade by Matt Rich.
Matt Rich's meticulous, painted paper constructions in Lookout Parade present themselves as paintings. Yet the material dynamics, process, and compositional effects employed in the works are inseparable. His thin, brightly-colored, rubbery shapes, are crafted through carefully painted and cut strips of paper joined together by linen tape. They are affixed to the wall at perfect gallery height, though, creased and torn, refuse to rest flat. The works leave the viewer in doubt as to whether the ensuing color fields are hovering in a relatively shallow space. They are punctured occasionally with white, intervening just as form, of its own accord, ceases or withdraws. Like his cut paper paintings, Rich's small-scale gouache works are process-based, building compositions by layering colors and shapes. One senses that Rich has achieved, in these paintings, a degree of un-self-consciousness so that he does not act, but becomes part of the act that directs him, as much as he directs it.
Matt Rich holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a Bachelors of Arts in Visual Arts and History of Art and Architecture from Brown University; and is an alumnus of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Selected solo exhibitions include Razors & Vapors at devening projects + editions (Chicago, IL), Ghost Muscle at Samson (Boston, MA), Flatmosphere at The Suburban (Chicago, IL) and Painted Sculptures at Project Row Houses (Houston, TX). Selected group exhibitions include the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA), DODGE gallery (New York, NY), and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Los Angeles, CA). He has received fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Terra Foundation for the Arts, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.