Tuesday, May 02, 2006


This video clip gives you a better sense of the space. There is no audio in this video clip and yes, it is on Google Video as well.

Here are some screenshots from Matthew Brown's forthcoming solo exhibition that is currently under construction.

...and here is Matthew's artist statement:

"My most recent series of paintings are based conceptually in the genre of portraiture and centered on notions of the uncanny.

I have been interested in working with the portrait because of its strong connection to the temporal - in a momentary look we are given history, the present and fate.

I have been exploring this through the mediums of painting, drawing and digital outsourcing.

The visual language used in my work consists of invented forms presented in such a way as to have human and familiar characteristics. This language consists of marks created from a method of scanning hand-line drawings and "processing" them using computer programs such as, Photoshop, Illustrator and Maya. Each drawing is put through a series of automated actions I set up within the software. The outcome from this method is a unique visual graphic language – the drawings have become, "Illustrator Junk." They become a pile of angular, science fiction-like marks combined with the confidence of iconography.

The paintings are based on these non-representational marks which are organized and presented in a formal manner that resemble a depiction of a mask or face and presented as portraits. There is a dichotomy between the expression and the forms. The forms hold a gaze that is familiar, but the body out from which the expression arrives is inhuman.

With this language, I am hoping to push familiarity to the point of fooling the senses and creating a slippage between reality and the fake. Much of the imagery refers to character types already in existence. There is a large element of chance involved in the process. New forms are created, but are still attached to established types. This emergence doesn't trivialize the forms,
nor the past, but questions how we look at images." –MATTHEW BROWN, Vancouver, 2006.


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