Solo show, Diary. Recent paintings.

Final Painting of the Old Order, 2017. Acyrlic on canvas, 30 by 30 inches.

I will be having my largest solo show to date at Marketview Arts (https://www.ycp.edu/about-us/offices-and-departments/center-for-community-engagement/marketview-arts/) at York College in York, PA. The show will be up from March 28 to May 6. There will be a closing reception on Saturday, May 5.

The show is almost a mini retrospective of my work from 2014 to now. I have never had a show with this many paintings or that represented so many years of work. I'm excited to see how it plays together. I am calling the show Diary because my work tends to be just that, my diary. My life bleeds into my work in coded form.

There will be a catalog for the show with an essay by artist Amy Boone-McCreesh. More information on Amy can be found here: http://www.amyboonemccreesh.com/.

Day of Patriotic Devotion, 2017. Acrylic on canvas. 36 by 36 inches.

#lonianderon, 2014. Acrylic on panel. 30 by 30 inches.

Alternative Facts at Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT

"YUGE" collage, 2017

 

Political post warning...

I will have several recent pieces (one collage, four small paintings) in the show Alternate Facts organzied by artist Joe Bun Keo (http://joebunkeo.com/) at the Ely Center for Contemporary Art (http://www.elycenter.org/) in New Haven, CT. The show will be on view Sunday, March 5 - April 9, 2017 with an opening receptions on Sunday, March 5 from 1-4pm. I'm very excited to be showing alonside Sheri Schwartz (http://sherischwartz.com/)  and David Borawski (http://www.rot8tor.org/). 

Alternative Facts is part of a group of five shows at the Ely House called "In Grace We Trust". The other shows will be “Nevertheless, she persisted,” “The Future is Women,” “Pay Attention,” and “Water is Life.”

 

 

These shows will take up the upstairs and then there will be another works downstairs.

 

The purpose of this is to honor Grace T Ely and to celebrate the gallery being reopened.

 

"Fuck Trump" 2017, gouache and ink on paper.


"Attempts to put out a forest fire with a shovel" 2016, gouache and ink on paper

Through Our Eyes



The Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket and the RI Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment invite you to join us for art and refreshments. All of the work displayed in the gallery was created by artists with autism and related neurodevelopmental conditions. 

There will be an opening reception on Saturday, March 18 from 1-4pm.  The exhibit will be up from March 18th to April 30th. Please stop by sometime! 

More information about the show can be found on their website (http://www.rihs.org/museums/museum-of-work-and-culture/)

 

**Featured artwork: "When I Grow Up". Created by children from the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Inpatient Unit at Bradley Hospital. Facilitating art therapists: Melissa Weaver and Maegan Gubata.

 

John M. Williams, The Great Wall of China

Ian Deslaurier, Puzzle Shapes

Madalyn Armstrong, "there are petals in the aisles"

Through Our Eyes: Call for Artists

 

I'm honored to be helping curate and organize Through Our Eyes, and art exhibit dedicated to art created by people with autism spectrum disorder and related neurodevelopmental disorders. The show will open on March 18 at the Museum of Work in Culture in Woonsocket, RI (http://www.rihs.org/museums/museum-of-work-and-culture/). 

We are looking for all types of art, traditional 2D and 3D artwork as well as digital media and performance. As there is limited time to organize the show I am primarily looking for artists who can get their work to Rhode Island easily, so a proximity to Providence, RI or Hartford, CT is a bonus. 

The deadline for submission is February 3, 2017. Submissions should be emailed to RICart@Lifespan.org or you can email me at matthewjbest@gmail.com. You may submit up to five pieces. It is my intention to show at least one piece per artist. Artwork that celebrates the theme of the exhibition are welcomed. 

 

Mail Art Exhibition at South Gallery, Greenfield Community College

I have a Madonna collage postcard in An Exhibition of Mail Art at South Gallery, Greenfield Community College. It should be an interesting show with artists from all over the world. I'm just happy my piece arrived with minimal "collaboration" from the US postal system.

The show run from June 14th - July 12th.

Opening Reception: June 14th, 3pm - 7pm with the Creativity Caravan, a Traveling Tiny Book Exhibit! 

More information about South Gallery can be found here: http://art.gcc.mass.edu/gallery.html