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Matthew Kolodziej
updated: 04/03/2010
website: www.mattpaint.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Good Neighbors
Wooster Wall Drawing
Wooster Wall Drawing Detail
Out of Sync Maquette for Provincetown
Out of Sync Wall Drawing Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center
Out of Sync 3
Rumpus
Detail of Rumpus
Out of Sync 7
Out of Sync 2
Out of Sync 4
Out of Sync 5
Revel
Kirkos
Torsion
 
Portfolio Keywords:  diagrammatic, abstract, architecture, landscape, mapping, urban, process, systems, psychological, information
 
 
Good Neighbors by Matthew Kolodziej
Good Neighbors
Acrylic and ink on canvas
2009
102 " x  144 " 
Wooster Wall Drawing by Matthew Kolodziej
Wooster Wall Drawing
Latex on wall
2009
240 " x  192 " 
Wooster Wall Drawing Detail by Matthew Kolodziej
Wooster Wall Drawing Detail
Latex on wall
2009
240 " x  192 " 
Out of Sync Maquette for Provincetown by Matthew Kolodziej
Out of Sync Maquette for Provincetown
Gouache on paper
2008
30" x  22" 
Out of Sync Wall Drawing Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center by Matthew Kolodziej
Out of Sync Wall Drawing Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center
Latex on wall
2008
120" x  240" 
Out of Sync 3 by Matthew Kolodziej
Out of Sync 3
Gouache on paper
2008
30" x  22" 
Rumpus by Matthew Kolodziej
Rumpus
Acrylic and ink on canvas
2009
84" x  66" 
Detail of Rumpus by Matthew Kolodziej
Detail of Rumpus
Acrylic and ink on canvas
2009
84" x  66" 
Out of Sync 7 by Matthew Kolodziej
Out of Sync 7
Gouache on paper
2008
30" x  22" 
Out of Sync 2 by Matthew Kolodziej
Out of Sync 2
Gouache on paper
2008
22" x  30" 
Out of Sync 4 by Matthew Kolodziej
Out of Sync 4
Gouache on paper
2008
30" x  22" 
Out of Sync 5 by Matthew Kolodziej
Out of Sync 5
Gouache on paper
2008
30" x  22" 
Revel by Matthew Kolodziej
Revel
Acrylic and ink on canvas
2009
84" x  66" 
Kirkos by Matthew Kolodziej
Kirkos
Acrylic and ink on canvas
2009
84" x  66" 
Torsion by Matthew Kolodziej
Torsion
Acrylic and ink on canvas
2009
84" x  66" 

Artist Statement

My work uses references to architecture to project a sense of dislocation.  The tension created between solid and dysfunctional structures in these images places the viewer in an unstable negotiation of space and time.  These improbable structures fluctuate between forming and deteriorating synapses. The forces of entropy are present in the fragments, fissures, and residues on the surface of the work, evidence of the negotiations, risk, and choices made at intersections in both psychic and physical landscapes.

 

My process, akin to the way an archaeologist works, begins with documenting construction and demolition sites with photographs and reconstructing these sites using the computer.  The states of transition, dilapidation and rejuvenation, evident in the texture, physical structure, color, and light of these labyrinths provide the foundations for my images.  The projected images of temporary molds, scaffolding, and debris are mapped to form a network of intertwined structures.  The reconstructed images of the site present a space that alternates between a tenuous and fragile façade and a believable illusion of stability. 

 

Collaging multiple conflicting points of view using the computer accentuates the disorientation of the viewer.  Multiple levels of definition further complicate the viewer’s ability to find a foothold in the image.  In recent work, I trace over the drawings with gel medium and pour paint between the lines.  The effect is a solid cast, or enduring fossil, of the original structures, but defined paradoxically with artificial color and material.  Cracks mimic lines.  Paint yields to or overflows from the banks of the raised drawing. There is a constant dialogue between the fixed structure chosen from the photographs and the editing and decomposing of that structure in the medium of paint.  

 

Artist Bio / CV

 

EDUCATION     

 

1993      M.F.A. in painting with honors, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

1988      B.A. in economics, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

 

ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2010      William Busta Gallery, Accumulations

2009     Wooster Museum of Art, Paintings, Wooster, MA

2008      Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Out of Sync, Provincetown, MA

2007      William Busta Gallery, Caught in Flux, Cleveland, OH     

2006      St. Michael’s College, Paintings, Colchester, VT

2005      Hiram College, Fissures:  New Paintings, Hiram, OH

2004      Kent State, Stark Campus Gallery, New Work, Stark, OH

2001      The Dean’s Gallery, MIT Sloan School of Management, Dissolved Presences, Boston, MA

1999      Doll-Anstadt Gallery, Paintings, Burlington, VT

1998      Doll-Anstadt Gallery, Neon Gardens, Burlington, VT

1996      University of Leeds, Bretton Hall, Paintings, West Yorkshire, England


GROUP EXHIBITIONS     

2009   Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, There Goes the Neighborhood, Cleveland, OH

2007      FAVA Gallery, Noticing the Unseen, Oberlin, OH

      Allegheny College, 8-hour drawings, Meadville, PA

      Sherri Gallery, Columbus, OH

2006      Art Adviisory Boston, New Paintings, Boston, MA

      Rockford Art Museum, Rockford Midwestern, Rockford, IL

      Lake Erie College, Here and There, Mentor, OH

      Eastern Missouri State University, Group Show, Springfield, MO

      Attic Space, Group Show, Oakland, CA

      Morehead State University, Paintings, Morehead, KY

2005      Cleveland Museum of Art, NEO Show, Cleveland, OH

      Myers School of Art, University of Akron, Faculty Exhibition, Akron, OH

      Akron Art Museum, New Master Drawings, Akron, OH

      Bowling Green State University, Structures, Bowling Green, OH            

2004      Kent State University, NEO, Kent, OH

      Cleveland Heights Collaborative, Painting 2004, Cleveland, OH

      Maryland Federation of Art, Art on Paper, Annapolis, MD

      Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Small Monuments, Cleveland, OH

 

SELECTED GRANTS

2009       Pollock-Krasner Grant

2007,09      Nominated for Tiffany Foundation Grant

      Ohio Arts Council, Individual Excellence Award

1995      Fulbright Scholar, Research and Painting Grant, England

1994      Rhode Island State Council for the Arts Painting Fellowship