Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce its first exhibit by Milwaukee artist Colin Matthes. Instructional and Flood Resistant Work presents paintings, drawings, and sculpture. Ten works from Essential Knowledge, a series of drawings on paper illustrating basic skills for success in challenging situations, are included in the exhibition. Additionally the artist has constructed flood resistant luxury objects; foam noodle floats and a provisional raft are used to ensure the survival of his oil on canvas paintings during times of rising sea levels.
Matthes takes language and imagery from motivational posters, advertising, Boy Scout handbooks, commerce, and other rhetorical sources to consider our contemporary condition living in late-stage capitalism and climate change. These works are timely, eco-poetic, and darkly humorous.
Essential Knowledge: Making a Boat, 2012-14, 23 x 17 inches, ink on paper
Essential Knowledge: Starting a Fire, 2012-14, 23 x 17 inches, ink on paper
Roadtrip, 2012, ink and acrylic on paper, 40.5 x 48 inches
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Matthes’ practice includes painting, drawing, installation, zine and graphic production, and public art projects. Matthes works collectively with Justseeds, a network of twenty-six artists living in the United States, Canada, and Mexico that runs a print collective, contributes graphics to social movements, and co-publishes books. As an individual artist, Matthes has exhibited across Europe and the United States. Solo exhibitions include Artspace Leguit, Antwerp, Belgium and Igloo.
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