Sunday, October 31, 2010

Paintings: Silkscreen Edition Text Works

Recently, my silkscreen edition Paintings, sold at auction. The series from 1999, is an edition of 13 with three artist proof sets. Ink on Paper. Sheet measuring 30" by 22 1/2".

The series is comprised of enlarged museum post card legends (captions) and include "works" by Rembrandt, Munch, Giotto, Morandi, Vermeer and other masters. 

These works stem from an ongoing interest in "word as image," and the texts in various languages intimate a range of meanings (images) to differing language speakers.  The "names" of these paintings, translated by someone, presumably in a large museum or indeed, in a post card (printing) facility, are rife with typographical errors, and grammatical mistakes. The translations themselves are quite a bit off, due, one can assume, to the "unofficial" nature of the translations and the business approach to pumping out product...for museum goers.

The pieces – silkscreen on fine art paper - also tell the story of a kind of image removal, as the original texts lifted from post card captions, enlarged several times on common photocopiers, then turned into a positive (black) film, then transferred to screen, and finally printed tell a story of how texts (and images) are subtly transformed through printing.

This series is permanently installed in the Boca Raton Museum of Fine Art, Boca Raton, Florida.

Click on the essay (right) by Chris Mooney to enlarge and read.

There are several sets still available.  (There is one framed set in Paris; the others are unframed). Price: 3500 euros (7 prints) unframed.

Contact me if you are interested in purchasing a set.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Scared But Fresh runs through October 30 at The Orange Dot Gallery in London. More than 50 collage works on canvas, board and paper, plus terribly unusual objects and the series America, 12 works on paper that pretty much sum up the American story.

The gallery is open all day Saturday, October 30.  Address: 54 Tavistock Place, London.  Tube: Russell Square.

Some press links from the exhibition:


Photos: Japanese art lovers take a seat under the YOU–>ME silkscreen print.  The print is available for £100, unframed.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Orange Dot Gallery : Bloomsbury Festival London

Scared But Fresh at The Orange Dot Gallery in London will participate in the Bloomsbury Festival (October 22 & 23, 2010).  I will be at the gallery during the weekend to give a talk about my work and other art mysteries, as well as sign copies of MASTERS: COLLAGE, the new book out from Lark Books (2010). 

In addition to more than 50 collage works on view, prints and terribly unusual objects will also be available, including Rubens Rounding Third (A3 sized stamp art sheet), and the new YOU–>ME silkscreen limited edition. 

The talk begins at 3 PM, Saturday, October 22. The Orange Dot Gallery, 54 Tavistock Place, London.  Tube: Russell Square.

Click here to view the Bloomsbury Festival Program.

Image: YOU–>ME, silkscreen; edition: 100. Price: £100. Click image to enlarge.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Art Of Collage: Northern Kentucky University

Originating from the wildly successful publication MASTERS: COLLAGE, a monster book surveying contemporary collage works, the Northern Kentucky University art galleries, directed by David Knight, put on the exhibition, The Art of Collage (August - September 2010).

Featured are two series of mine, The Storm Warning collage works from 2005 and Twinkies, from 2004/05.

There are in each series, two distinct collage approaches.  In the Storm Warning group, above, a central figure is dominant with text via stencil and paint.  The Twinkies pair mimics the "all over" concept with tiny bits of 1950s/1960s cartoon figures dropped at random on a wet glue canvas surface, sanded down to a smooth surface and then bleached to remove a good part of the color.

I have made nearly 100 of these "all over" collage works, each one a time-consuming experiment in color and "readability." From a distance they seem like color squares or rectangles, while up close the bits of words in French, Italian, English and sometimes German, tell an entire story from a 1960s comic book. But the reading is tough going, as the words are cut and torn, and sanded down to their bones.

Click directly on the photos to enlarge and see the details.

These works are available.  For price inquiries, please send an email.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Scared But Fresh : Open During Frieze Art Fair

When the Frieze Art Fair opens on October 14, 2010 in London,  Scared But Fresh at The Orange Dot Gallery will be open as well.  International art collectors and lovers of all things surreal are welcome to the gallery.

The exhibition is Matthew Rose's first solo show in London. In Scared But Fresh, the artist takes his signature "Spelling With Scissors" to an English and international public in a kind of Love Story. The works on board, canvas, bottles, boxes as well as silkscreen and stencil works, are surreal and intriguing, touching upon sex, death, time and space.

"It's my theory of everything," says the artist. "A 21st century handbook." 

On view are more than 50 collage works, prints, and terribly unusual objects. Special to the exhibition are the limited edition You–> Me silkscreen print the artist produced this summer in Paris. In addition, Masters: Collage, a new book focused on acknowledged masters in the art of collage will also be available for purchase.

Click on the images to enlarge.

Click for Map For The Orange Dot Gallery: 54 Tavistock Place, London.  Tube : Russell Square.

The Orange Dot Gallery: 54 Tavistock Pl, Camden Town, Greater London WC1H 9, UK

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Crane TV at Scared But Fresh in London

The film crew from just after filming an interview with me at the Scared But Fresh exhibition in London.  Shekha, far left, led the interview. The film piece should go live the week of October 11, 2010.