The work featured in A Patterned Language, provides an antidote to the brave new world we live in where machines shape what we see, how we learn and what we know. From the cameras attached to traffic lights to the invisible Facebook algorithms that feed us “fake news,” machine intelligence guides our daily lives. Phoenix artist Matt Magee is particularly concerned about the ways in which technology has become so embedded in our daily existence, it is no longer visible. Responding with his own visual syntax, Magee’s painting and mixed media work are filled with the stylized dots and dashes that make this code visible. We search for meaning in his abstract universe but also fall in love with the syncopated rhythms and colorful patterns of paintings like Information Science, 2018.
Tucson’s own Albert Chamillard makes pen and ink drawings of abstract geometric shapes on vintage ledger paper or larger sheets of mould made cotton paper. His cross-hatching, invokes the earliest written form of written language, cuneiform, which was used for record keeping. Chamillard wields an ultra fine, Pilot G2 pen, methodically creating the small, freehand marks that construct the finished drawing. Much of the work featured in A Patterned Language is centered around the life cycles of Spring -- birth, death, and renewal -- as in Fornication, 2018.
Also on display, Story Boards, two dimensional wooden sculptures carved by Artists of the Keram River in Papua New Guinea, which narrate the daily struggles of village life and record the stories of the people, their ancestors, and the spirits who guide them. These carvings were collected by Tucsonans and New Guinea art experts, Ron Perry and Carolyn Leigh. Perry began traveling to Papua New Guinea in the late 1950s, and is responsible for introducing Story Boards to an American audience.
For more information about A Patterned Language, contact Daphne Srinivasan or Hannah Glasston at (520) 624-7370 or [email protected]
Matt Magee is an American contemporary artist who is best known for his minimal abstract geometric paintings, sculptures, prints, assemblages, murals and photographs. He was born in Paris, France in 1961 and moved from there to Tripoli, Libya and then to London. He moved to Brooklyn in 1984 to attend Pratt Institute for an MFA after completing a BA in Art History at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He maintained a studio in New York City until 2012 and currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
Over a career spanning more than 4 decades, Magee has experimented widely with abstract and conceptual art practices. Magee's compositions are organizations of shapes that have been informed by personal history, numerology and language. Repurposing a variety of found and collected media characterizes his sculpture and collage while his paintings explore language symbolically with an emphasis on repetition and reiteration and nods to art historical precedents.
Magee's painting style is minimal in concept but his brushstrokes are expressive. Within these conceptual spreadsheets, abacuses and hieroglyphics are reminders of the artist's hand. His visual language relates to early hard-edge abstraction and finds inspiration in contemporary scientific, ecological and technological ideas.
Albert Chamillard was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts in 1971. He moved to Tucson in 1994 and received his BFA in studio arts from the University of Arizona in 2003. While a student he helped establish the student-run Carbonbase Studio and Gallery. Post-graduation, he continued to work as an art handler and picture framer before co-founding Atlas Fine Art Services in 2011. Chamillard’s work is primarily small scale drawings that are composed of layers of cross-hatched marks which create textile-like surfaces, and deal with concepts of memory, family, the natural world and ways language affects and interferes with our perceptions of our world. Albert Chamillard has exhibited his work at prominent galleries in Tucson and New York.
Story Boards from the Keram River, Papua New Guinea
The practice of making story boards began in the 1960s when three brothers, Zacharias, Ignas and Paulas Waybenang, who were exceptional carvers from the village of Kambot on the Keram River. The brothers were inspired by bark panel paintings made by people from the Sepik River that were used to decorate ceremonial houses known as “Haus Tambarans.” They adapted this idea creating flat panel wood carvings, similar to the bark paintings, and developed the craft into story board sculpting. The men of the Keram River carve and sell storyboards to pay for their children’s school fees, outboard motors and fuel, and other essentials. The storyboards usually depict a day in the life of the village. They include people of all ages engaged in a range of activities common in village life: preparing the sago flower, crocodile hunting, canoeing, fishing, arguments, funerals, wildlife. All paintings are set against a backdrop of village houses nestled beneath clusters of coconut palms that mark the location of a village along the Keram River.
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