Entries in abstraction (15)

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.

7th Annual Art for AIDS, Artspace, Hartford, CT

Enjoy an evening of art, music, food, wine and fun!

Special Features:

  • Art Grab - Each guest takes home an original 12" x 12" canvas
  • Art Show/Sale - 80% of sales go to the artist, 20% to ACT
  • Guest Emcees - Laree Salmon and Teresa Pelham
  • Music provided by DJ Derek Warren of Shag Frenzy
  • Delicious appetizers & desserts provided by local restaurants
  • Complimentary beverages courtesy of Harvest Wine & Spirits

For More Info:

Wendy Shea Graveley
860-247-2437 x320


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



The New Aesthetic at Gallery 19, Chicago, IL

I have three new drawings in the upcoming show, The New Aesthetic at Gallery 19 (http://www.gallery19chicago.com/)  in Chicago opening in May. I will be featured in a second show at the same gallery in June. I'm very excited to be showing at this exciting new gallery. I will be traveling to Chicago for both openings.

The show runs from May 10 to June 7 with an opening reception on May 10, 6:30-10pm. Hope to see you there.

Radiate, 2012. 22 by 30 inches. Ink on paper.