Andrew Rafacz Gallery, formerly Bucket Rider, celebrates its inaugural fall season with a series of new works on paper by Matt Stolle. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.
Creating paintings and works on paper that quote the history of minimalism, the readymade and modern design and often employing a range of ordinary materials, Matt Stolle is interested in the way appropriation can push at the boundaries of contemporary abstract and conceptual art.
Bringing together incongruent or mundane materials not readily used to create high art, he constructs a new phenomenology for the object at hand, calling into question its identity. In an earlier series, spray enamel is employed in horizontal lines on a wood panel to create an industrial exterior wall-like structure, seemingly practical in nature. But upon closer inspection, the paint is appears more casually applied, creating fuzzy quality to the final line, and the corner of the square itself has been replaced by corrugated cardboard as the base material for the painted image. These material and experiential subversions add a whimsical element to the otherwise conceptual construction.
The new works presented in this exhibition also utilize appropriation and a subversion of materials to produce something new. Stolle has taken black and white photographs of period installations of Ad Reinhardt paintings, found in art textbooks and catalogues, and directly transferred the pre-arranged shapes of the paintings on to large scale photocopy paper. The monochromatic results are minimalist works in themselves that still retain the imperfections inherent to the process: large slabs of black jut across the white plane while specks of toner pepper the edges of the images revealing the source’s shadows and the original photograph’s flaws.
MATT STOLLE (American, b. 1980) lives and works in Chicago. He received his M.F.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. Recent exhibitions include a two-person show with Philip Vanderhyden at Rowley Kennerk, Chicago, and Grit and Vigor at Light & Sie, Dallas.