The paintings in Matt Clark’s Serendipity body of work bring together seemingly unrelated aspects of the artist’s life to influence a mode of production that is physical, romantic and academically formal. Recent travels to Mexico and French Polynesia influence the palette while alchemy influences texture and surface. Through the mixing and application of various paint media a history unfolds similar to aging architectural surfaces. The strategy, for Clark, is to create a puzzle to which the viewer pieces together different associations to create a unifying and gratifying visual experience.
Dallas based Matt Clark earned an M.F.A. in Painting from Cranbrook University in Michigan in 2002. He then lived in London, England and Los Angeles, California before relocating to Dallas in 2009. He is a lecturer in drawing and entrepreneurship at the University of Texas at Arlington. This will be the fourth exhibition of Matt Clark’s paintings at Conduit Gallery.