march, 2022

202231mar(mar 31)12:00 am07may(may 7)11:59 pmAsya Geisberg Gallery | 03/31/22 - 05/07/22 | TIMES GONE BY | Matthew Craven | Tribeca


March 31 (Thursday) 12:00 am - May 7 (Saturday) 11:59 pm


Asya Geisberg Gallery

537B West 23rd Street New York 10011 United States


Asya Geisberg Gallery 537B West 23rd Street New York 10011 United States

Event Details

Art Exhbition
Asya Geisberg Gallery
537B West 23rd Street New York 10011 United States


Asya Geisberg Gallery is pleased to present our third exhibition of works on paper by Matthew Craven “TIMES GONE BY.” Craven has long been interested in the universality of symbols and patterns referencing textiles painted pottery and mosaics from across the world. New elements have emerged taken from flags and pennants old cross stitch patterns and most intriguingly organic shapes and flowers. Setting aside the artist’s frequent use of vintage collage elements the large pieces in this show are bursting with a dizzying array of patterns and colors. Entirely hand drawn the pixel-like squares that make up the designs are now smaller in scale radiating from a center point and morphing to build organic structures within the ever-present grid. The backs of vintage B-movie posters still form each work’s foundation browned stained or torn from a previous life. Where before the artist drew inspiration from travel and in-person visits to book shops and museums strict lockdown orders and a relocation have turned his references inward. The prismatic works in this show are a journey into pattern gone awry the laborious and time consuming process of their creation a kind of meditation.
While the composition of some works recalls actual carpets or textiles with their framing and symmetry Craven now actively disrupts these expectations in other works – as if the weaver has a bug in the program. The radiating center of “MORTAL()COIL.” has a magnetic pull to it reminiscent of a mandala a portal an acid dream or a kaleidoscopic Louis Wain cat. In “EMERGE.” seemingly orderly patterns fragment and overlap cut short and then skipping across the page to march on in some further spot as though jumping through time. Flowers bloom in “LAST MINUTES OF MEMORY.” bleeding over Greek keys and breaking up patterns like weeds in a sidewalk.
Craven has built a visual language that is both instantly recognizable and tantalizingly obscured. These pieces contain a kind of alchemy a spell built by symbols morphed and intertwined ingredients taken from the lexicon of visual human experience. The titles of the new works – specifically TEMPLE. ALTER. and CLOISTER. – allude to the act of spiritual introspection. “While my head felt cluttered during the pandemic creating these drawings was a release for me. I let the imagery come to my mind’s eye in a stream of consciousness. Meditative drawings in the middle of a mad world.”
Matthew Craven was born in Michigan. He earned a BFA from Michigan State University and received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts NY. He has exhibited widely in the United States and abroad including solo and two-person exhibitions at Hashimoto Contemporary San Francisco; Ampersand Gallery Portland; David Shelton Gallery Houston; DCKT Contemporary NY; Allegra LaViola Gallery NY; Marvelli Gallery NY; Gallery Hijinks San Francisco; Packing Detroit; 101/Exhibit Los Angeles; and Get This! Gallery Atlanta. Group exhibitions include Guerrero Gallery San Francisco; Mini Galerie Amsterdam NL; Essex Flowers NY; Danese/Corey NY; Hashimoto Contemporary Los Angeles; SPRING/BREAK NY; Muster-Meier Switzerland; Richard Heller Gallery Los Angeles; Perry Rubenstein NY; and The Hole NY; among others. He has participated in reisdencies with Marfa Myths Festival TX; Tilleard Projects Lamu Island Kenya; The Jaunt Bali Indonesia; and The Watermill Center NY. Craven has been reviewed in Juxtapoz Magazine The Brooklyn Rail Art Critical The Huffington Post Art F City and Burnaway and has curated exhibitions at DCKT Asya Geisberg Gallery and Nudashank.