Monday, February 23, 2015

Pressure Washing: An Indiscreet But Satisfying Rapture Exhibition By Matthew Rose : 6 March - 25 April 2015

Free Matthew Rose Pressure Washing Poster Download (PDF).  Yes, it's Free.

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 Zeitgeist.”

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. 

“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 pm.  

For all press inquiries, photo requests and a PDF catalog/checklist of the exhibition, please contact John Yogodzinski, director, Converge Gallery : Web: Tel: 1.570.435.7080 Earth: Converge Gallery 140 West 4th Street, Williamsport, PA 17701, USA. 

Download the large format poster of the exhibition (PDF).  Print it at home, office, factory : Pressure Washing : Matthew Rose 2015

Friday, February 6, 2015

Z 2 A : A Collage Alphabet

Z2A  – a collage alphabet – now available.  Curated and designed by Allan Bealy, this ABC brings together 26 artists from the world over all working in collage.  My B is for Beauty is from my series A Perfect Friend.

You can hit "preview" and browse the entire book.  Buy a copy in print or digital.  Support the artists.  Without art we'd just have well, not much at all.  Check it out: Z2A.

Artists include: Jani At Moonbugink, Rozenn Le Gall, Lance Glover, Manu Duf, Matthew Rose, Ted Tollefson, Carl Chew, Ryoichi Katoh, Laura Tringali Holmes, Jon Foster, Luc Fierens, Larry Zdeb, Flore Kunst, Heike Weber, Carolina Chocron, Fred Free, Indiana Rogers, Frank Voigt, Sally Wassink, Image Butcher, Sethapong Povatong, Joe Castro, Zach Collins and Koji Nagai.

Friday, December 26, 2014

The Self Improvement Alphabet @ The Cornell Museum

The entire Self Improvement Alphabet on view at The Cornell Museum, Delray Beach, Florida (thru March 2015).   The 26 letters from Academy to Kidnapping to Marriage to Zero Hour. Photo: Jordan Wolf, courtesy, The Cornell Museum.

Contact: Self Improvement Alphabet if you are interested in purchasing the work, or want to see a particular letter up close.  More views, below. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

On Language: The Self Improvement Alphabet at The Cornell Museum, Delray Beach, Florida

This is a major collage work of mine and soon to be a limited edition book (2015).
The entire Self Improvement Alphabet is for sale. 

Contact: Self Improvement Alphabet and I will put you in contact with the right folks.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Immaculate Perception, Baby Blue, 2014: Print

Matthew Rose, Immaculate Perception, Baby Blue, 2014.  (210 mm × 280 mm or 8.27 in × 11.02 in). Edition number, price and availability to be announced. Printed on acid free high-quality cotton rag fine art paper.  Please contact for all details: IP BABY BLUE.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Paris FIAC? Lost For Words - Matthew Rose at The BRKLYN

Sin, collage on canvas, 40 x 40 cm. 2006. 

All FIAC'd out? Need a drink? Lost For Words and exhibition of collages, objects and astuces takes place during FIAC Week in Paris at The BRLYN, 58 Rue Quincampoix 75004 Paris, right around the corner from the Pompidou. Have a drink at this great watering hole and see: Lost For Words.

Contact: Lost For Words.

Friday, October 17, 2014

One Thousand Queens Named Marcel

Part of the installation of One Thousand Queens, Rijeka, Croatia, October 2014, One Thousand Queens Named Marcel was made in Croatia for the exhibition.  Article on the exhibition from Novilist.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014



Installation shots ...   Lost For Words, an exhibition of Collages, Objets # Astuces.  The BRKLYN ... 58 Rue Quincampoix 75004 Paris. Through the November 30 2014.  If you would like a checklist of the exhibition with prices (PDF), high resolution images, sizes of works and other details, please contact: Lost For Words.

Photo: © Canadian Dan 2014 All Rights Reserved, Man.

Poster and details : Lost For Words / Matthew Rose.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Uncouth Vermouth: Perfect Friends at The Mason Jar

Above: Five of more than a half dozen seasonal flavors of Uncouth Vermouth, with my collage works serving up full on branding for the Brooklyn-based vermouth maker Bianca Miraglia.  New (not pictured) is Wildflower and over the next few weeks a hopped up vermouth that smacks of IPA!

More than 20 collage works in large format prints are on view at Uncouth Vermouth's new tasting room in Red Hook, Bklyn.  Interested in the prints? Connect: Uncouth Vermouth.  See them, buy them, enjoy some vermouth!

An article on our collaboration appeared in The Mason Jar.  Read the article on  a perfect collaboration: The Mason Jar - Seasonality to Surrealism.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Lost For Words: Opening 4 October, Paris at The BKLYN

Exhibition opens 4 October (Nuit Blanche) ... Download and print this high-resolution  poster (A3 and larger).  LOST FOR WORDS POSTER LINK. Bring it to the show and I'll sign it for you.  I will have about 20 signed posters at the exhibition if you'd like one.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Rubens Rounding Third, 2014, River Mill Art Gallery NJ

Rubens Rounding Third, print, edition: 11, 2014. Each printed 14 x 18 inches; Ilford Gallerie Pearl Satin paper.  Signed and dated on back (adhesive sticker).

Available exclusively: River Mill Art Gallery, 504 North Ave East, Westfield, NJ 07090.  Contact : Michael Chan, Director.   River Mill also has a small number of signed and dated Rubens Rounding Third A3-sized stamp sheets, edition 1000.  Ask Michael about them. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014

ROUGE, 1993

ROUGE, 1993.  Collage on bottles.  Exhibited over the years in Paris and Berlin and London. Photo in my studio by Cecil Touchon.  Click on the image to enlarge.

Saturday, June 7, 2014


Bianca Miraglia, creator of Brooklyn-based Uncouth Vermouth, takes to tee vee's Arise Entertainment to talk about her special blend of locally produced (Red Hook, Brooklyn) vermouth, and show off my A Perfect Friend labels for her Vermouth. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014


A KICK IN THE KUNST : Installation, Drawings. Galerie Rossella Junck, Augustrasse, Berlin, 2008.  Some of these drawings are available.  Contact : KICK.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

From Ordinary To Extraordinary: Paper As Art at The Cornell Museum of Art - 23 May - 24 Aug 2014

Curated by Melanie Johanson, From Ordinary To Extraordinary: Paper As Art at The Cornell Museum of Art & American Culture - 23 May - 24 Aug 2014 at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts.  Link to exhibition and info: Cornell Museum.  

This premiere exhibit features approximately 75 exquisite works by 16 artists, who have been featured in galleries around the world. The artists in the show all use paper in one form or another to unfold a visual and narrative that is particular, enticing and extremely rare in these days of digital everything.  Cutting, scratching, painting, sewing, wrapping and gluing all come together in what is clearly a well imagined exhibition.

Four works of mine are on view at the Cornell Museum in Delray Beach: Moneygram (2013), Second Nature (2009, 12:05 (2003) and Letters Home (2013).  My work here is represented by Converge Gallery of Williamsport, PA.

Several of the pieces were on view at my wall to wall exhibition, The Letters in the summer of 2013.  A full catalog (PDF) is available here: The Letters.

These works each have a story that might prove interesting.  Here is a  little bit about each:

Left: Letters Home; right, Second Nature, exhibition view, Cornell Museum, Delray Beach, FL

 1. MONEY GRAM: From  The Letters exhibition in 2013, "Money Gram" is a sewn together "collage" of currencies real and antique, a global note on bank notes that takes a hint from Warhol's dollar signs but conceptually calculates not only the many hands in the art game, but the international tenor of the market place. The "gram" rubber stamped and then monogrammed onto the work indicates (beyond the pun) that it was mailed (or wired). Money in the mail from the world over. Calculating the face and current value of the currencies is part of the work as the values change; money is a changing asset, and sometimes valuable sometimes worthless. 

2. SECOND NATURE: A classic collage work that brings together favorite subjects : women playing at being women, wearing masks and dancing to the male gaze. The elements of "Second Nature" all come from vintage 1950s Swiss lifestyle weeklies the artist bought at a massive street fair in Geneva. 

3. 12:05. I've always been attracted to 1930s surrealism and this piece combines a few elements into a simple gesture that talks about time and timelessness, motion and stillness. There's a dash of de Chirico in here and while the boat is not the Titanic, it might as well be.  The collage has been featured in a half dozen magazines and books. 

Right: 12:05, collage on board, exhibition view.

4. LETTERS HOME: This work consists of the envelopes of letters sent by a young French soldier (in 1948) from Algiers to his parents in Paris. I discovered them in an old warehouse junk store, bundled together and unloved and immediately I saw the piece unfold before my eyes for my The Letters exhibition: Letters Home. 

The letters reported his daily routine and were sent like clockwork over a period of two years. I was moved by their unconscious boredom. My guess is this was the first time he was away from home, but also serving the French army in a hot spot colony of North Africa. I created a grid of them and asked my local seamstress here in Paris, Madame Yann, if she would sew them together following my chalk drawing of a house. She did and even obliged me by signing the back of the work (in Chinese). 

All enquiries : John Yogodzinsky at Converge Gallery.   Press: Sun-Sentinel Article.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

SO, Collage on Wood Construction, 2000

SO, collage on wood construction, 2000. With two swinging doors. 65 x 65 cm (not including the doors). Made for a wedding that went bust. How prescient.  Interested? Contact: SO.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Letters: The Catalog [Free To Download]

 Installation View, The Letters, July - August 2013. Converge Gallery, Williamsport, PA.

See the entire exhibition with an interactive PDF catalog of The Letters.  The catalog is free to download, click here: The Letters.  For prices, please contact the gallery.