Matt Connolly Stamps

November 21, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Opening reception Friday, November 21, 6 – 8pm

Essex Flowers
365 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002

Organized by Liz Hirsch

This exhibition, Matt Connolly’s first solo presentation in New York, comprises two new large format paintings, a large ink drawing with collage, and a spatial intervention in the basement gallery at Essex Flowers. The paintings, Stamps 1 and 3 begin with hand-built, steel-reinforced MDF panels to which layer after layer of acrylic paint in an array of colors and tones are applied with a roller, and later sanded down. Impressions made with a hammer and nail dipped in paint at intervals create an interference pattern, a manual moiré. Spidery disruptions in the works’ surfaces are the result of rogue feathers cast off from the feather factory situated directly below the artist’s studio in Westlake, Los Angeles. The result is a dense, textured palimpsest: haptic and optic, markedly flat while evocative of depth, and visually unstable, varying with any given vantage. Pattern is similarly defined and dissolved in the ink drawing, Stamps 2, within its own expanse and the elements of an off-register collage. An irregular wall of the gallery has been selected and coated with a textured pale yellow paint for the run of the exhibition. Stamp is of course both a noun and a verb. In this context it is a physical action and a temporal index, a tool and its effects, a mark and its impact, to impress and an impression.

Did you hear the one about the unstamped letter?
You wouldn’t get it.

Matt Connolly, born 1985 and based in Los Angeles, has had solo exhibitions at Night Gallery, Los Angeles (2013) and CCA, San Francisco (2011, curated by Amanda Hunt). Night Gallery published a collection of his writing, entitled POLLONY'S in 2013. Connolly opened his first public art commission at Equitable Vitrines, Los Angeles in September 2014.

* Photos courtesy of Kyle Knodell
Essex Flowers is a full service storefront flower shop located at 365 Grand St at the corner of Essex in New York's Lower East Side. It contains cooperatively organized spaces for art and other interests for the shop's guests.

Gallery hours are 12 – 6 pm every Saturday, Sunday, and by appointment.


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