Thirty-Four Reverse Telescopes and Three Buttons catalogs the artist’s recent body of colored Plexiglas works, made between 2013 and 2016, introduced obliquely with a poem by Ben Estes. Painter Matt Connors (born 1973) is known for combining a modernist visual vocabulary of grids and tense, minimal compositions with influences from design, poetry and music. Connors’ recent series of works brings this sensibility into the play of media: paintings in acrylic on paper are mounted on colored matte board, framed behind colored Plexiglass, creating an effect of nested colored forms in space. Both objects and paintings, the deeply hued, mixed-media pieces have been reproduced in Thirty-Four Reverse Telescopes and Three Buttons in black and white as well as color, highlighting the works’ complex tonality in addition to their dynamic coloration.
Published by Rainoff. Text by Peter Eleey, Michel Leiris, Jack Spicer, Gertrude Stein.
This is an expanded edition of the first comprehensive review of American abstract painter Matt Connors (born 1973), first published for his 2012 exhibition Impressionism at MoMA PS1. Connors takes rubbings from his studio floor, pouring layers of paint into the fabric like dye, or using wet paintings as stamps.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 7.5 x 9.5 in. / 176 pgs / 93 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 7/26/2016 Active
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2016 p. 154
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Correspondences is Matt Connors’ first artist book. Taking its inspiration from 1960’s poetry paperback covers, the book acts as a kind of "themes and variations" / exercise de style, deploying a psychedelic template and reiterating it through a limited number of colors and formal iterations. The saturated colors and delicate play of formal repetition and variation create both a series of linked discreet images as well as an autonomous art object, with color and form creating a narrative rather than text.
Printed in stunning offset spot color, Correspondences becomes a sort of abstract flip book, with color and formal information spilling from the cover, to the interior and onto the spine and edges of the book.
In addition, each copy has been individually collated by the artist, so that every book has a unique sequence of colors/images, and is unique. Printed and bound in New York City.
Softcover, perfect bound, offset printed in 5 spot colors on 100 lb paper stock, with a linen-textured coated cover. Edition of 500, 2011. Published by Ooga Booga.
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PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780983402404RETAIL List Price: $30.00 CDN $30.00