“Pressure Washing” will be on view at Converge Gallery March 6
through April 25, 2015, with an opening on Friday 6 March, beginning at 6
WILLIAMSPORT, PA – Converge Gallery is pleased to present Matthew Rose’s
small and intimate exhibition of sometimes erotic, sometimes obscene,
indecent, titillating, arousing, risqué, adult works of art rife with
bawdy double-entendres and soft-core innuendo. This is the Paris-based
American artist’s third solo exhibition at Converge Gallery.
These 100 hand-cut and painted collage works on board and canvas skew
towards the suggestive with splashes of surrealist and pop
sensibilities. Along with additional pieces in sealed plastic arranged
triple-x magazine-style in a private “American Peep Show” viewing booth,
“Pressure Washing” provides a kind of lexica pornographica, a modest
pictorial thesaurus of contemporary pleasure.
Curated by Converge Gallery director, John Yogodzinski, these works
target “almost every manner of sexual adventure with a sophistication
and deep sense of humor that takes no prisoners,” says Yogodzinski.
“These works offer rewards that will leave viewers and collectors of art
and erotica in stitches and possibly chains. Matthew Rose proves again
he is one of our leading collage workers, taking the aesthetic of cut
and paste, and pushing past the gates armed with fleshy poetry.”
Kristen Hill, Converge Gallery, assistant director, agrees: “No
philistine, Rose produces x-rated koan-like gems with a knowing
virtuosity,” she says. “He’s a two-fisted culture warrior outfitted with
sharp scissors, hot glue and a quick pair of hands to rifle through the
Matthew’s last exhibition at Converge (2013), The Letters, comprised 333
works each mailed to the gallery. Some pieces were missives, others
fragments from various alphabets, faux books and his award-winning
floor-to-ceiling lexicon the “SPECIAL K WORDS.”
Matthew Rose’s collages, text works, prints, drawings and altered books
and objects are widely collected both privately and publicly throughout
Europe and the US. Currently Matthew Rose’s “Self Improvement Alphabet,”
a 26-piece collage installation, is on view at The Cornell Museum,
Delray Beach, Florida. He also conceived and launched the global
project A Book About Death. His works have been featured in Axis of Evil
(Qualicatica 2004); Masters of Collage (Lark, 2009); Cutting Edges
(Gestaten, 2010); and the artist is currently involved in producing two
books : Weekend Plans (Burning Boy 2015) and As Is, (Burning Boy 2015) a
collection of written and photographic essays about Rose’s 30 years
making and exhibiting art.
Curated and designed by Allan Bealy,
this ABC brings together 26 artists from the world over all working in
collage: Larry Zdeb, Heike Weber, Sally Wassink. Frank Voight, Ted Tollefson, Matthew Rose, Indiana Rogers, Sethapong Povatong, Scott Neff, Koji Nagal, Rozann Le Gall, Susanna Lakner, Flore Kunst, Ryoichi Katoh, Laura Tringall Holmes, Lance Glover, Fred Free, Jon Foster, Luc Fierens, Manu Duf, Zach Collins, Carolina Chocron, Carl Chew, Joe Castro and Allan Bealy.
Collagisten sind wie Tiere, immer auf Futtersuche. A kollázsiszták, akárcsak az állatok, állandóan zsákmány után kajtatnak. Collagists are like animals, sniffing around for something to eat all the time.