Conduit Gallery is pleased to announce Offering, an exhibition of new work by Matt Clark.
Evoking the true spirit of collaboration, Dallas-based Clark and Oaxaca, Mexico, artists Jacobo and María Ángeles have created work that forms a cultural bridge, uniting the craft of traditional artists and the work of a contemporary painter.
Clark’s abstracted landscapes were a starting point for the collaboration: broad strokes of watercolor on paper that then were given to the Ángeleses for their creative input. Known worldwide for their alebrijes, intricately painted wooden spirit animals, the Ángeleses drew upon historical Mexican references to create works that are a fusion of artisan craft and contemporary abstract design. Archetypal motifs are found throughout the exhibit, adding an element of mystical folklore to each piece. The shadows and shapes of animals and geometric designs painted with natural dyes – indigo, cochineal, marigold, copal tree bark – are layered over the abstract landscapes, not in contradiction, but, rather, enriching the overall visual impact.
Clark is known for large scale abstract paintings that address the sense of place, physical, spiritual and emotional. The Oaxaca influence of the collaborative work can be seen in his latest individual works, where he experiments with pattern, color, space and scale.