In Matthew Metzger's UBS 12x12 exhibition Nocturne, two paintings frame a set of 10 paintings, each depicting a colored sheet of paper from a pad of artist's paper. The paintings visually replicate the accurate dimension, color, and finish of the flat, two-dimensional sheets of paper along with every minute detail of the fibers, scratches, and surface marks. Metzger’s paintings unite two opposing artistic traditions: 16th-century trompe l'oeil painting and 20th-century minimal and conceptual art. Metzger's works suspend the difference between these two traditions aimed at creating awareness for the difference between reality and illusion and allow the viewer to reflect on how our perception of surfaces and colors shape and form our understanding of objects.
Metzger's exhibition opens on the evening of May 6 during First Fridays as the monthly UBS 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work.
Metzger discusses his work during an informal gallery talk Tuesday, May 10, at 6 pm.