Monday, February 23, 2015

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

Matthew Rose Pressure Washing Poster Download (PDF).  

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.”

A pair of Pussy Prints, "Secretary" and "Applied Sciences," (right), have also been produced for Pressure Washing.  For information, prices and availability, please contact Converge Gallery.

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 (Gestalten, 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 the 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.