Matt Greene

New York, USA
Matt Greene's recent work is about finding a space for representational art in contemporary culture. How does our way of seeing fit into the natural world? The artist seeks to find some common ground between the historical form of painting and the indexed stacking of images created by digital media. In Pictures of Women, his second solo show at Deitch Projects, Greene presents large-scale works that further his investigations into the connections between sexual fetish, the female figure, and forms of nature.

Asserting that painting occupies an inherently ambiguous space between fantasy and material, Greene's landscapes depict environments in which multilayered images superimpose themselves over the experience of reality. Faceless androgynous figures engage in ritualized behavior in spaces resembling holograph viewing rooms from science fiction; gridded chambers into which fantasies are projected. These works incorporate drawing and photography interchangeably and indifferently; the heavily textured surfaces that emerge are dripped with thick coatings of varnish that trap the images like insects in amber.

place & year of birth
Born in Atlanta (GA) USA in 1972

featured galleries

BFA, Atlanta College of Art

solo exhibitions
Pictures of Women, Deitch Projects, New York

The Defenders of Reality, Peres Projects, Los Angeles

Surrender, Deitch Projects, New York

group exhibitions
Against The Grain, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
Männerfantasien 2, COMA, Berlin
Anthology, Otero Plassart, Los Angeles
The Left Hand of Darkness, The Project, New York

Unholy Truths, Initial Access, Frank Cohen Collection, Manchester UK
Past, Present, Future Perfect, Selections from the Ovitz Family Collection
Works from the Collection Dakis Joannou, Kunsthalle Vienna, Austria

Paintings from the other Side, Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany
The Youth of Today, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London, UK

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Seymour, Lori, 2 magazine, Summer 2005, p.57.
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Beyer, Charles G., “Scream” Flash Art March-April, p. 60.
Clem, Chivas, “Notes on Gothic” Scream (catalogue), Moore Space, Miami.
Cooper, Dennis, “First Take: Dennis Cooper on Matthew Greene,” Artforum, January 2004, p. 132.
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