Matt Magee: Topologies

Zane Bennett Contemporary Art
Feb 3, 2022 4:27PM

Matt Magee's lithographs with photogravure explore organic geometric patterns and recall the aesthetics of multiple mediums.

Matt Magee, who spent two decades working as Robert Rauschenberg's chief photo archivist, refers to himself as a “hunter-gatherer of images.” His Topologies series shifts between mediums: starting as iPhone snapshots from air travel, Magee then transformed the digital images into lithographs with photogravure. Recalling the color and texture of graphite drawings, the Topologies appear from a distance as abstracted geometric patterns; upon closer look, the prints reveal themselves as aerial images of rural regions. Magee’s exploration of the pattern and texture of adjoining plots of land reflect his personal, poetic, and warm brand of abstraction.

Magee (born 1961) is an American contemporary artist who is best known for his minimal abstract geometric paintings, sculptures, prints, assemblages, murals, and photographs. He holds an MFA from Pratt Institute and a BA in Art History from Trinity University. Magee was awarded two resident fellowships (2007 and 2015) at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, a New York State Foundation for the Arts Grant in 2002, and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 1991. His compositions are found in the collections of the Tucson Museum of Art, Phoenix Art Museum, JP Morgan Chase Collection, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, among many others.

Zane Bennett Contemporary Art