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Matthew Craven

lineation, 2018

Found image and ink on found paper
12 × 9 in
30.5 × 22.9 cm
This is a unique work.
$1,200
location
New York
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About the work
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Condition
Excellent
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Bottom left
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Matthew Craven
American, b. 1981
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Matthew Craven challenges the sweeping narratives of American history textbooks, appropriating images of historical figures and sites and defacing or reconfiguring them within new aesthetic compositions. In combinations of illustration, collage, and painting, a march of tribal chieftains, Masonic leaders, and American generals and presidents appears in his images, their faces blotted out or colonized by Craven’s trademark geometric patterns. With his surreal mash-ups of historical references composed on antiquated paper, Craven creates his own pared-down symbols and mythologies. Many of Craven’s images are ambiguous, resisting cohesive narratives or easy interpretation; the artist has said that his compositions are not dictated by any political agenda but are based solely on aesthetic consideration.

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About the work
Exhibition history
Condition
Excellent
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Bottom left
Certificate of authenticity
Included
Frame
Included
Matthew Craven
American, b. 1981
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Matthew Craven challenges the sweeping narratives of American history textbooks, appropriating images of historical figures and sites and defacing or reconfiguring them within new aesthetic compositions. In combinations of illustration, collage, and painting, a march of tribal chieftains, Masonic leaders, and American generals and presidents appears in his images, their faces blotted out or colonized by Craven’s trademark geometric patterns. With his surreal mash-ups of historical references composed on antiquated paper, Craven creates his own pared-down symbols and mythologies. Many of Craven’s images are ambiguous, resisting cohesive narratives or easy interpretation; the artist has said that his compositions are not dictated by any political agenda but are based solely on aesthetic consideration.

Matthew Craven

lineation, 2018

Found image and ink on found paper
12 × 9 in
30.5 × 22.9 cm
This is a unique work.
$1,200
location
New York
Certificate
Certificate of authenticity
This work includes a certificate of authenticity.
Have a question? Read our FAQ.
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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