Matthew Craven

Tilt (Totem), 2017

Ink on found paper

28h x 22w in
71.12h x 55.88w cm

Framed: 30.75h x 24.75w in
78.11h x 62.87w cm

MC082-wop

Matthew Craven

Triiiplets, 2015

Found image and ink on found paper

51h x 40w in
129.54h x 101.60w cm

MC116-wop

Matthew Craven

Wisdom, 2018

Found image and ink on found paper

43h x 40w in
109.22h x 101.60w cm

MC119-wop

Matthew Craven

Authority, 2018

Found image and ink on found paper

55h x 35.50w in
139.70h x 90.17w cm

MC118-wop

Matthew Craven

Bountiful, 2018

Found image and ink on found paper

53h x 40w in
134.62h x 101.60w cm

MC127-wop

Matthew Craven

Ostentatious, 2018

Found image and ink on found paper

20.25h x 15.50w in
51.44h x 39.37w cm

MC124-wop

Matthew Craven

Ornate, 2018

Found image and ink on found paper

40h x 17w in
101.60h x 43.18w cm

MC123-wop

Matthew Craven

Expansion, 2018

Ink on found paper

45h x 18w in
114.30h x 45.72w cm

MC121-wop

Matthew Craven

TOWER (Totem), 2018

Ink on found paper

35h x 12.50w in
88.90h x 31.75w cm

MC108-wop

CLUSSTER

CLUSSTER, 2017

Found images on found poster

60” x 40”

GODDESS

GODDESS, 2017

Ink and found image on found poster

60” x 40”

Matthew Craven

Containment II, 2017

Ink and found images on found paper

22" x 14" | 56 x 35.5 cm

Matthew Craven

Crossbearer, 2017

Ink and found images on found paper

22" x 14" | 56 x 35.5 cm

Matthew Craven

Relics I, 2017

Ink and found images on found paper

22" x 14" | 56 x 35.5 cm

Skulls, 2015

Found image and ink on found poster

14" x 36" | 35.5 x 91.5 cm

Utility, 2015

Found image and ink on found poster

14" x 36" | 35.5 x 91.5 cm

Biography

Matthew Craven uses found images collaged onto obsessively drawn patterns to suggest the primacy of geometric abstraction in our visual vocabulary. Often buying several copies of the same vintage textbook, he repeats images of ancient art and archaeological remains to mirror geometric patterns inspired by decoration of North and South American indigenous origin. Attentive to physicality, his laboriously hand-drawn pieces are on the backs of old movie posters, adding another layer of age. Craven's fusions erase particularity, implying that patterns and perhaps histories across cultures start to reflect rather than oppose each other.

Matthew Craven was born in Michigan. He earned a BFA from Michigan State University, and received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts, NY. He has exhibited widely in the United States and abroad, including solo and two-person exhibitions at David Shelton Gallery, Houston; DCKT Contemporary, NY; Allegra LaViola Gallery, NY; Marvelli Gallery, NY; Gallery Hijinks, San Francisco; Packing, Detroit; 101/Exhibit, Los Angeles; Asya Geisberg Gallery, NY; and Get This! Gallery, Atlanta. Group exhibitions include Danese/Corey, NY; Hashimoto Contemporary, Los Angeles; SPRING/BREAK, NY; Muster-Meier, Switzerland; Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles; Perry Rubenstein, NY; and the Hole, NY; among others. Craven has been reviewed in The Brooklyn Rail, Art Critical, The Huffington Post, Art F City, and Burnaway, and has curated exhibitions at DCKT, Asya Geisberg Gallery, and Nudashank.