February 03, 2012

Matthew Craven "FRGMNTS" solo exhibition at Gallery Hijinks

Matthew Craven

On Exhibit: February 4th - February 25th, 2012
Opening Reception: February 4th, 2012 from 6-10pm

Gallery Hijinks is proud to present FRGMNTS, a solo exhibition of new works by New York based artist Matthew Craven. The artist uses historical images as a backdrop for a more abstract form of storytelling. Images from lost cultures, relics and landscapes, both well known and extremely ambiguous, create the patterns within his work. These arrangements highlight shape and composition rather than historical accuracy, solidifying their participation in a completely unique myth. Please join us at the opening reception on February 4th, 2012, from 6-10pm.

This exhibition aims to form connections between modern life and the lives of those who came before us. FRGMNTS further explores these concepts and narratives that Matthew Craven’s previous work only hinted towards in the past. Cravens deliberate choice to exclusively source outdated textbooks for his collages create an underlying narrative and give historical context to the body of work as whole. However, the imagery within each piece is not chosen for it’s contribution to the narrative but rather for it’s singular aesthetic value.

Craven’s process begins with sourcing his materials, searching for hours, and sometimes even days to find the perfect books to give his work the desired foundation. The rough-dry surfaces, smell and color deterioration of the naturally aged paper create a distinctive palate. Depictions of beautiful textile, carvings and architecture find themselves inspiring the artist’s impulses. Hand drawn patterns are aesthetically connected to these works.

Matthew Craven has shown at galleries such as Nudashank, Grizzly Grizzly, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Get This! Gallery, Allegra LaViola, Marvelli Gallery, and Adam Baumgold Gallery. Craven completed his Master’s degree at the School of Visual Arts in 2010. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

FRGMNTS, a solo exhibition of new works by Matthew Craven opens at Gallery Hijinks on February 4th and runs through February 25th, 2012. This event is open to the public.

Gallery Hijinks
2309 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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