The Sun and The Moon, a series of woven and painted works by Christy Matson at Volume Gallery

The Sun and The Moon, a series of woven and painted works by Christy Matson at Volume Gallery

2 November - 29 December ‘18

Volume Gallery is pleased to announce The Sun and The Moon, a series of woven and painted works by Christy Matson. Opening on November 2, 2018, this exhibition presents new pieces by Matson.

The Sun and The Moon explores notions of production, beauty, and material through a calculated balance of oppositions. The relationship of the machine and the handmade, the formal and informal, the structure and unstructured provide the practical and conceptual foundation to this body of work. Just as the sun and moon are independent forces that are equally necessary to keep the universe in motion; in Matson’s weaving it is the relationship of opposites that coalesce into a dynamic dimension. A casual spirit grounds these dualities producing work that is soft while strong as an unexpected balance emerges from these tensions.

Developed through a rigorous, measured, and technical approach, and produced on a hand-operated, computer-programming Jacquard loom, each weaving begins with a complex structural foundation. Within this structure, Matson inserts painterly and gestural marks through an intuitive process of drawing with yarn. Conceptually, the duality of the machine and the hand, both used in various modes of textile production, explores relationships of gender stereotypes; the industrial and work made by hand.

The formal compositions in each piece are inspired by a range of sources centered around the relationship of nature with the urban environment. These sources draw different and sometimes conflicting connotations. The motif of a flower, for instance, might be regarded as rigorous in modern art and yet dismissed as decorative in traditional arts. The use of gridded elements, which are often emblematic of order and organization, instead become destabilizing thought the loose manner in which they are rendered in Matson’s work. Her pieces flourish in these differences with a complex beauty produced through composition, conceptual rigor, and material expression.

The work takes a critical stance on the culture of excess and mass production. Matson often selects leftover materials from the textile industry to reformulate their value. With a belief that the materiality is as important as the composition, these surplus materials add important qualities of texture, color, and happenstance.

Matson produces weavings that extend beyond formal considerations into questions of history, process, and material studies. She pulls together differing and opposing methods and ideas to push beyond the paradoxical into a productive relationship—as the sun and the moon activate life. This series weaves the material with the immaterial through distinct compositions that question the past as they chart new territories into the worlds of design, textiles, and fine art.












Back

 


search

 

 

Quantcast



Archives

November 2018 (4)
October 2018 (3)
September 2018 (8)
August 2018 (8)
July 2018 (11)
June 2018 (11)
May 2018 (13)
April 2018 (11)
March 2018 (12)
February 2018 (12)
January 2018 (18)
December 2017 (8)
November 2017 (15)
October 2017 (17)
September 2017 (14)
August 2017 (18)
July 2017 (10)
June 2017 (12)
May 2017 (12)
April 2017 (15)
March 2017 (15)
February 2017 (22)
January 2017 (13)
December 2016 (9)
November 2016 (14)
October 2016 (11)
September 2016 (19)
August 2016 (13)
July 2016 (11)
June 2016 (16)
May 2016 (19)
April 2016 (17)
March 2016 (9)
February 2016 (15)
January 2016 (14)
December 2015 (7)
November 2015 (15)
October 2015 (12)
September 2015 (5)
August 2015 (12)
July 2015 (16)
June 2015 (9)
May 2015 (15)
April 2015 (11)
March 2015 (16)
February 2015 (14)
January 2015 (14)
December 2014 (13)
November 2014 (15)
October 2014 (18)
September 2014 (14)
August 2014 (10)
July 2014 (14)
June 2014 (13)
May 2014 (22)
April 2014 (12)
March 2014 (12)
February 2014 (16)
January 2014 (19)
December 2013 (14)
November 2013 (175)
October 2013 (17)
September 2013 (20)
August 2013 (15)
July 2013 (6)
June 2013 (14)
May 2013 (17)
April 2013 (17)
March 2013 (16)
February 2013 (14)
January 2013 (16)
December 2012 (8)
November 2012 (20)
October 2012 (22)
September 2012 (17)
August 2012 (17)
July 2012 (22)
June 2012 (13)
May 2012 (20)
April 2012 (16)
March 2012 (28)
February 2012 (15)
January 2012 (17)
December 2011 (34)
November 2011 (24)
October 2011 (14)
September 2011 (39)
August 2011 (39)
July 2011 (35)
June 2011 (22)
May 2011 (22)
April 2011 (23)
March 2011 (18)
February 2011 (20)
January 2011 (37)
December 2010 (40)
November 2010 (41)
October 2010 (31)
September 2010 (96)
August 2010 (36)
July 2010 (35)
June 2010 (83)
May 2010 (167)
April 2010 (42)
March 2010 (68)
February 2010 (40)
January 2010 (66)
December 2009 (60)
November 2009 (38)
October 2009 (69)
September 2009 (66)
August 2009 (49)
July 2009 (55)
June 2009 (55)
May 2009 (65)
April 2009 (55)
March 2009 (68)
February 2009 (54)
January 2009 (62)
December 2008 (51)
November 2008 (43)
October 2008 (72)
September 2008 (89)
August 2008 (56)
July 2008 (77)
June 2008 (67)
May 2008 (65)
April 2008 (26)
March 2008 (22)