Opening Reception – Matt Feyld: Ten Paintings

Saturday, April 8, 2017
12:00 am

3508 Lake Street, Houston Texas 77098

Gray Contemporary is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new paintings by Matt Feyld. Ten Paintings opens Saturday, April 8th from 5 – 8 pm with the artist present, and will continue through May 13th, 2017.

Matt Feyld’s exhibition Ten Paintings, is a selection of ten white, off white, and light grey works, for their subtle differences, emphasizing the advantages of working with limitations. Feyld’s paintings function as concentrated examinations of surface, light, material, and color. The dots vary in size from one painting to the next, and no two paintings have the same colored dots. The circular shape of the dots, creates a subtle tension when suspended within the square format of the canvases. This tension is furthered by the material conditions of each painting such as dimension, surface, color, composition, etc. The dots are not painted on top of the field of color, but are isolated early on in the layering process; leaving the dots recessed into the surface – allowing a glimpse into an earlier stage in the development of the work. The nuanced differences from one painting to the next are often felt before they are consciously perceived.

His use of water-based media – made through the application of hand mixed acrylic, and pigmented medium, absorbs light more than it reflects it. Typically between twenty and forty layers are applied to the canvas, with a brush, in numerous successive layers – until all signs of the original support are no longer evident; which helps to liberate the painting from it’s past, allowing the paint to stand on it’s own.

“My work evolves rather slowly, allowing each new painting to develop from that of the works that preceded it. This serial method of working allows a certain freedom within the set of self imposed restrictions; where the nuanced variations (of color, or composition) from one painting to the next, over time, reveal their very subtle yet complex differences. Ultimately aiding in the slowing of the viewing experience.”

About the Artist:

Matt Feyld was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and has been living and working in Montreal, Quebec since 2011. His work has been exhibited internationally, in such countries as, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Mexico, The Netherlands, Scotland, Sweden, and the United States. His work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at venues, such as the John Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco, Geukens & De Vil Gallery in Belgium, 57W57ARTS in New York City, Gray Contemporary in Houston, Texas, FIFI Projects in Mexico, Sunday-S Gallery in Copenhagen, PS Project Space in Amsterdam, Birch Contemporary in Toronto, Galerie Nicolas Hugo in Paris, and Krets in Malmo, Sweden.

His work has been exhibited along side artists, such as Tauba Auerbach, Mary Corse, Michelle Grabner, Robert Mangold, Tsuyoshi Maekawa, Olivier Mosset, Anthony Pearson, Sterling Ruby, Richard Serra, David Simpson, Marthe Wery, among others.

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