Boarder (ORDER), 2018

Found images and ink on found paper

33h x 22.50w in | 83.82h x 57.15w cm

 

 

Bountiful, 2018

Found image and ink on found paper

53h x 40w in | 134.62h x 101.60w cm

 

 

Expansion, 2018

Ink on found paper

45h x 18w in | 114.30h x 45.72w cm

 

 

Ostentatious, 2018

Found image and ink on found paper

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

 

Matthew Craven

Wisdom, 2018

Found image and ink on found paper

43h x 40w in | 109.22h x 101.60w cm

 

 

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

 

 

Authority, 2018

Found image and ink on found paper

55h x 35.50w in | 139.70h x 90.17w cm

 

 

Ornate, 2018

Found image and ink on found paper

40h x 17w in | 101.60h x 43.18w cm

 

CLUSSTER

CLUSSTER, 2017

Found images on found poster

60h x 40w in

 

TOWER (Totem), 2018

Ink on found paper

35h x 12.50w in | 88.90h x 31.75w cm

 

 

Containment II, 2017

Ink and found images on found paper

22" x 14" | 56 x 35.5 cm

 

Crossbearer, 2017

Ink and found images on found paper

22" x 14" | 56 x 35.5 cm

 

Relics I, 2017

Ink and found images on found paper

22h x 14w in | 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

Attentive to physicality, Matthew Craven’s works on paper are laboriously hand-drawn on the backs of large vintage movie posters, adding a layer of age to pieces already absorbed in the passage of time. Often acquiring several copies of the same vintage textbook, he collages repeating images of ancient art and archaeological remains onto hand-drawn geometric patterns inspired by textiles and decoration from around the word. Craven's fusions erase particularity, suggesting the primacy of geometric abstraction in our visual vocabulary and implying that patterns and perhaps histories across cultures reflect rather than oppose each other. Relying exclusively on educational and travel sources, his juxtapositions have an eerie déjà-vu quality, a result of the cultural bedrock that is embedded in our psyches.

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.