Hibbleton presents "We were a handful" featuring artwork by Matt Maust, Richard Swift, Syd Butler, David Quon, and Nathan Warkentin. The opening reception will be Friday, September 5 from 7-11pm. Poet Derrick Brown will perform, and refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
Matt Maust has shown his work previously at Found Gallery and Compactspace in Los Angeles, and Grand Central in Santa Ana. Maust's style is very old, torn and type-driven. "I attempt to make stuff that appears as if I've found it on the gound, or ripped off the wall, or old playbills that no one really cared about," Maust says, "In creating the pieces, it's not so much the subject that concerns me, but the idea of where it might have been found." Maust's inspirations range from other visual artists (Rodney Graham, Tacita Dean, Karl Martens, Kurt Schwitters) to traveling to reading. "Names of charaters, streets, friends, enemies, and cities will tend to make me want to go create art," Maust says.
Richard Swift is a prolific and celebrated musician/artist who takes pictures, draws, and sometimes makes videos. Like Maust, he often does artwork for his albums, and his art is inspired by music. According to Swift, "I have to ears and like to use them. I have two eyes and like to look."
Syd Butler is also a celebrated musician/artist. He plays in the New York-based band Les Savy Fav, who are considered among the godfathers of the independent rock music scene. He's the founder of the Frenchkiss Records label, whose catalogue includes the Hold Steady, Thunderbirds Are Now, and the Dodos.
Nate Warkentin and David Quon play in a band called We Barbarians and collaborate on art in the vein of Dieter Roth and Adolf Rainer.
The show runs through September 28, 2008.
Hibbleton Gallery is located at 112 W Wilshire Ave (West of Harbor Boulevard) in downtown Fullerton. Visit www.hibbleton.com