lingerings : matthew monk
07.18 — 07.29.2014
opening reception: saturday july 19, 6–8pm
My work deals with the dynamic interplay between opposing forces: light and dark, intention and accident, meaning and meaninglessness, attraction and repulsion. Like many, I have a tendency to reduce the complexities of life to black and white. And yet, I have an equally strong propensity to linger in the gray areas of ambivalence, indecisiveness, and ambiguity. My work explores extremes and the murky areas between.
The objects I make are the result of cumulative layers of additive and subtractive processes including painting, gluing, scraping, sanding, tearing, erasing, patching, correcting. A rich and complex history of each piece is revealed through the accretion of unexpected materials and processes, and the accumulation of painterly assertion, approximation, miscalculation, correction, resolution, acquiescence.
A native of North Carolina, Matthew Monk is an artist, designer, and educator living and working in Montpelier, Vermont. Matthew is the Academic Dean at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he is also the Founding Faculty Chair of the Graphic Design Program. He is a former Professor of Graphic Design at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he taught for twenty years. Matthew’s painting and mixed-media work has been exhibited extensively and is in numerous private and corporate collections. In his award-winning design practice, he specializes in book design for the arts and