Solo Exhibition : Matthew Mann
Curated by Blair Murphy
Opening Reception: Friday, October 4th, 7-9pm
On view through Wednesday, October 30th.
Matthew J. Mann’s paintings, drawings & mixed media works on paper consider the use of aesthetic and cultural touchstones in urban redevelopment, lifestyle branding, luxury design, and cultural production itself. Mann incorporates minimalist artworks, 19th century wallpaper, commercial photography, interior design, and punk ephemera into his depictions, recasting them as appliances, decorations, toys, and confections. In Mann’s re-imagining, fine art and punk paraphernalia are cast as accoutrements for living: hardcore punk fliers serve as “edgy” decoration in rooms with Jasper Johns-inspired wallpaper, an Isamu Noguchi sculpture becomes a chic yet utilitarian umbrella stand, and Mondrian’s De Stijl compositions become window lites. Displaying his interest in pictorial mechanics, narrative, and irony, Mann's work questions the role that fine art has in a tech enabled, hyper-capitalist moment in which art and artistic movements are taken up – regardless of their original intention – in order to achieve the retail goals of institutions, real estate development, and luxury lifestyle marketing.
Matthew Mann is a painter based in Washington DC. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Mann received his MFA from American University in 2002. He has been profiled and reviewed in a number of publications including the Washington Post, Hyperallergic, Creators Project and Bmore Art. He has been awarded grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities as well as the Creative Communities Fund. Mann has also participated in the Joya: Arte y Ecologia artist residency in Almeria Spain and been a visiting artist at George Washington University, Maryland Institute College of Art and Design, American University and the Luce Foundation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Recent exhibitions include Luxury Trouble at Studio 1469 in Washington DC (2017); Strange Landscapes at Arlington Arts Center Arlington, VA (2016); Shape Play at Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Philadelphia, PA (2015); Associative Fugue at Project 4 Gallery in Washington DC (2014); and Salon of Little Deaths at Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, DC (2013).
ABOUT THE CURATOR:
Blair Murphy is a curator and writer based in Washington, DC and the Curator of Exhibitions at Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA. She was a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow of the Whitney Independent Study Program from 2014 to 2015. Her past curatorial projects include exhibitions at The Kitchen (New York, NY), Field Projects (New York, NY), Flashpoint Gallery (Washington, DC), Washington Project for the Arts (Washington, DC), VisArts Rockville (Rockville, MD), and DC Arts Center (Washington, DC). She was a Partner at Field Projects, an artist-run project space in New York, from 2015 to 2016, Program Director at Washington Projects for the Arts from 2011 to 2013, and a curator with Sparkplug, an artist collective sponsored by DC Arts Center, from 2008 through 2011. She has written for Hyperallergic, BmoreArt, DCist, and Daily Serving, among other outlets. She holds a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and an MA from Georgetown University.