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Work on paper by Matthew Craven

Matthew Craven (1981 -)

AUTUMNAL, 2019

Ink on found paper

40h x 30w in
101.60h x 76.20w cm

MC156-wop

Work on paper by Matthew Craven

Matthew Craven

Proliferate, 2019

Found images on found paper

30h x 20w in
76.20h x 50.80w cm

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Work on paper by Matthew Craven

Matthew Craven

DAZZLE, 2019

Found images on found paper

20h x 30w in
50.80h x 76.20w cm

MC158-wop

Ink on found paper by Matthew Craven

Matthew Craven

eminence, 2018

Ink and found images on found poster

37h x 25w in
93.98h x 63.50w cm

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Ink on found paper by Matthew Craven

Matthew Craven

lineation, 2018

Found image and ink on found paper

12h x 9w in
30.48h x 22.86w cm

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Ink on found paper by Matthew Craven

Matthew Craven

motifs, 2018

Ink on found paper

40h x 30w in
101.60h x 76.20w cm

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Work on paper by Matthew Craven

Matthew Craven (1981 -)

PROSPERITY, 2019

Ink on found paper

44h x 35w in
111.76h x 88.90w cm

MC157-wop

Ink on found paper by Matthew Craven

Matthew Craven

Paradise Totem, 2019

Found images and ink on found paper

60h x 40w in
152.40h x 101.60w cm

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Ink on found paper by Matthew Craven

Matthew Craven

Trident, 2019

Found images and ink on found paper

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

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Ink on found paper by 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

 

Ink on found paper by Matthew Craven

 

Authority, 2018

Found image and ink on found paper

55h x 35.50w in | 139.70h x 90.17w cm

 

Found image and ink on found paper by Matthew Craven

 

Expansion, 2018

Ink on found paper

45h x 18w in | 114.30h x 45.72w cm

 

Matthew Craven ,

Matthew Craven

Triiiplets, 2015

Found image and ink on found paper

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

MC116-wop

Found images on found paper by Matthew Craven

CLUSSTER, 2017

Found images on found poster

60h x 40w in

Ink on found paper by Matthew Craven

 

Crossbearer, 2017

Ink and found images on found paper

22" x 14" | 56 x 35.5 cm

Ink on found paper by Matthew Craven

 

Relics I, 2017

Ink and found images on found paper

22h x 14w in | 56 x 35.5 cm

Ink on found paper by Matthew Craven

Skulls, 2015

Found image and ink on found poster

14" x 36" | 35.5 x 91.5 cm

Ink on found paper by Matthew Craven

Utility, 2015

Found image and ink on found poster

14" x 36" | 35.5 x 91.5 cm

9HORNS

9HORNS, 2016

Found image and ink on found poster

45” x 35”

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.