10,000 Things: Recent Paintings at ECA+


Untitled, 2013. 30 by 40 inches.

     In October I will be having a solo show of new paintings at ECA+ Gallery (http://www.easthamptoncityarts.com/UpcomingExhibitions) in Eashampton, MA. There will be an opening reception on October 12. This show represents the majority of my efforts for the last year or more. This show is about sensory experience, experiencing the world with all of the senses all at once. 

    I’ve always experienced the world as a tidal wave of sensory information; the five senses competing constantly for my attention. This series of paintings uses the vocabulary of painting to find new ways of depicting the overload, the collapse of the senses into visual form.  It makes use of paintings ability to condense moments of time into a fixed but dynamic image.

     I have become increasingly interested in examining how I process this information, what attracts my eye (pattern, color, contrast), what I love about music (repetition, layering, time). My brain constantly breaks things apart, small part of the whole interest me more than the whole. I find I generally never look at entirety of things; it is too hard to process. Smaller parts are more digestible. My aim was to create paintings that function in the same way; they can be taken as whole but also in smaller bits. Like music this becomes an experience that happens over time. Your eye can follow a particular line as it moves in and out of the picture plane, as color shifts, as layers move in and out of focus. The painting becomes a particular kind of space. This space exists in-between the micro and macro, drawing and writing, interior (mind) and exterior (the body and/or landscape).

     The conflicting stimuli collapse into one another. Layers are built up out of an alternating between an opacity that obscures and hides and a revealing translucency.  Some shapes are completely hidden; other shapes more deeply embedded in the picture plane are exposed by scrapped and sanding the painting down.

Moose Disco, 2013. Acrylic on panel. 24 by 24 inches.

Matthew Best and Chris Rusak: New Paintings at the Emery Community Arts Center, Farmington, ME.

Moose Disco, 2013. Acrylic on panel. 24 by 24 inches.

Chris Rusak's Spectra, acrylic on fiberglass, 2013



“Chris Rusak and Matthew Best: New Paintings”

Emery Community Arts Center
University of Maine, Farmington
July 25 to September 14, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 25th, 4 to 6pm



Our Expanding Circle: Paper New England's 5th Anniversary Exhibition, Artspace Gallery, Hartford.


My untitled 2012 ink on paper drawing will be included in Paper  New England's 5th Anniversary Exhibition at Artspace Gallery, Hartford,CT. The show will be on view from June 15 to July 14 with an opening reception on Saturday, June 15 from 6:30-9:00pm.

Untitled, 2012. ink on paper, 22 by 30 inches.

New Works at Gallery 19, Chicago, IL.


I will be the featured artist alongside Ashley Nason in New Works at Gallery 19, Chicago, IL. The show runs from June 14 to July 7 with an opening reception on the 14th from 6:30 to 10pm.

The show will also feature works by artists Shira Ballon, Stephanie Barlow, Jason House and John McCauhey.


"Working it Out," the Painting Center, New York


The 50 Cents Box is heading to New York! It will be included in the group show, "Working it Out" at the Painting Center (http://www.thepaintingcenter.org/exhibitions/working-it-out). The box will be newly packed with drawings for the show.

The central theme of the show is sketches and unfinished works, the Painting Center describes it as:

The Painting Center, a gallery in the heart of Chelsea, announces a call for entries for its upcoming juried exhibition entitled WORKING IT OUT, running from June 18th to July 13th, 2013. The exhibit will be accompanied by a printed catalog and will be widely publicized. Artists of all disciplines begin their creative process with preparatory drawings. This enables visual problem solving throughout the execution of an artwork that is both fluid and beautiful. Drawing can be an exploration of materials, mark making, the emotional tenor of a piece, compositional arrangements or color. Working drawings are the visual manifestation of a work in progress; a working idea. Typically, this work is not seen by the public. These are private musings that reflect thought processes. They are, by definition, incomplete. This exhibition will allow the viewer to see the private world of the artist’s creative process.

The show runs from June 18, 2013 - July 27, 2013 with an opening reception on Thursday, June 20, 2013,  6-8pm