Mathew Zefeldt, Consistency Consistency (2013), Acrylic on canvas, 55 x 40 inches
June 7 – July 20, 2013
Swarm director Svea Lin Soll is teaming up with Hatch Gallery to present “What Are I?”, a selection of new works by Mathew Zefeldt. “80 Milliseconds in the Past”, a project by Chris Pew, will also be on view.
Exploring, skewing, and stretching the material possibilities of paint while questioning methods of image making and their related histories, Mathew Zefeldt’s paintings and sculptures act as self-reflexive still-life arrangements that give one access to a seemingly fictional world. Entities ranging from studio detritus to multiplied classical statue heads are represented in recurrent form, situated atop shelves or upon wooden tables. Unabashedly textured and saturated in color, many of Zefeldt’s objects are comically impasto, comprised from whole ropes of squeezed paint. Background images appear to emulate the monotony of checkers or a stream of haywire television frequencies. Just as Zefeldt’s painterly technique directly references its own materiality, the repetition of his subjects call to mind the ways in which images are commonly produced, appropriated and reproduced through analog and digital media.
Merging the dynamic, often polar worlds of science and art, Oakland artist Chris Pew explores ideas of abstract cosmos and different trajectories for the unobservable universe. His work revolves around interpretations of scientific theories and his interests in their hypothetical conditions. With the idea that life is lived 80 milliseconds in the past, Pew presents black and white abstract compositions of pixilated geometric designs and ballooning curves that at once suggest and deny figuration. Visually recalling glitches associated with malfunctioning technology, these works expose the hidden boundaries inherent to all media and exist in a state of beautifully ambiguous meaning.
Hatch Gallery is located at 492 23rd Street, Oakland, CA 94612. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturdays 1-5PM, and during events. Please check back on the web site for further event information, or subscribe to the mailing list receive semi-regular updates from Swarm. Exhibition is curated by Svea Lin Soll.
Chris Pew, Moldable Epoch (2013), Fuji Crystal digital chromogenic print, 17 x 30 inches
Mathew Zefeldt is a Term Assistant Professor in Painting and Drawing at the University of Minnesota. Zefeldt received his BA in Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2009, where he received the Irwin project grant as well as the William Hyde and Susan Benteen Irwin Scholarship. He went on to receive his MFA at the University of California, Davis in 2011 where he received the Mary Lou Osborne Award as well as the Faye Nelson MFA Award. He was awarded the Dedalus MFA Fellowship in 2011, and was included in New American Paintings Pacific Coast Edition issues #91 and 97. He will be included in New American Paintings #107: Midwest Edition. He was the River Fellows Artist at Columbus State University in Georgia, and was a resident artist at the Vermont Studio Center. Mathew has had solo shows at Eduardo Carrillo Gallery in Santa Cruz, Skinner Howard Gallery in Sacramento, Micheal Rosenethal Gallery in San Francisco, and has forthcoming solo show in June at Swarm Gallery in Oakland and a solo exhibition in the project space in September at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Recently, Zefeldt has been a part of group exhibitions at Pro Arts in Oakland, Fecal Face Dot Gallery in San Francisco, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato, and The Illges Gallery at Columbus State University. Zefeldt will also be included in a group exhibition at M.O.H.S in Copenhagen in November. His Work has been seen online at Daily Serving, Fecal Face, Beautiful Decay, The San Francisco Chronicle and SF Art Enthusiast.
Chris Pew is a multidisciplinary artist living in Oakland.