Material Matters featuring John “CRASH” Matos –An Exclusive Online Exhibition
The ways in which artists approach material often reveal quite a bit regarding their process and methodology while offering pathways to understanding the finished work as well. Much of concept-based work hinges on delicate intricacies and considerations of material and medium, which help inform much of our understanding. For artists who work within more traditional modes (such as oils, acrylics, steel, plaster, etc.,), material considerations are firmly in place based upon well-established historical precedents. Artist John “CRASH” Matos adeptly navigates the established norms within his medium of choice, spray paint and watercolor, while also creating work that extends the dialogue beyond the perimeters.
Maverick, master of technique, originator of unbridled creative energy and community, John “CRASH” Matos is well known for his iconic spray paint on canvas works. CRASH’s uniquely compelling imagery speaks to the streets in a visual language born of his urban roots. Within a body of work that spans almost four decades, the Bronx-born artist has developed a style which evokes both the immediacy and freshness of raw graffiti within a richly articulated visual vocabulary firmly cemented within the lexicons of both pop and street art. In Silver Streak 2, a work which showcases the artist’s exploration of collage, a non-linear timeframe, and narrative, CRASH’s mastery of the medium is evident. In Corona, a similar approach is taken, however, by incorporating the neon element, CRASH invokes a further analysis and deeper dialogue on nostalgia, vice, and appropriation. By breaking up the picture plane, CRASH creates a point of entry for the framework of the neon sign - a winkingly familiar symbol that seems to take on life of its own.