CHASON MATTHAMS “ADVANCES, NONE MIRACULOUS” AT THIERRY GOLDBERG, NYC

August 22, 2015  |  Uncategorized

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“Advances, None Miraculous,” 34-year-old painter Chason Matthams‘ inaugural NYC solo exhibition at Thierry-Goldberg Gallery is an ambitious and visually stunning collection of work marked as much by its technical execution as the diversity of its subject matter, which ranges from cartoon characters from the Simpsons and Disney to neoclassical sculpture and DaVinci-esque drawings in a stream-of-consciousness flow that serves as a revealing look into the artist’s head.

In his work, Matthams constructs non-linear narratives by appropriating and making references to numerous art historical and pop culture imagery, mostly found online, where there is no hierarchy between styles, ways of rendering, time periods, or whether the authors are classified as artist, illustrator, designer, or otherwise.

One way to look at this series of paintings, Matthams says about his work, is “as a mind going into anxious overdrive trying to construct a narrative out of all the disparate information and random juxtapositions one is confronted with daily. I can’t help but think of the fractured progression of my paintings as the way I experience life itself, open and almost chaotic in the moment but falling into a narrative over time.”

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