My artwork consists of dystopian mixed media paintings and installations that consider otherness, invisibility and illusions of safety. Reflective of the fragility of human connectivity my paintings and installations point to the inhumanity of increasing civic conundrums. The rise in homelessness, reports of gun violence, fake news, environmental changes, and polarization, cause me to have great concern for the “sense” of human equity that make for good consciousness and ethical behavior. The images are messy and murky set in an atmosphere of exaggerated dark and light created from layers of charcoal, pastel and spray paint, acrylic and oil on canvas.
My influences are science fiction, romantic literature, movies, television, and trends in popular culture. I have been especially influenced by Baroque dramatic composition and chiaroscuro; Kerry James Marshall for sentient relationships, William Kentridge and Basquiat for semiotic relationships between line, narrative, and chaos and Kathe Kollwitz for use of line and emotional expression.
In open-ended narrative I amplify perceived conflict between inner-states of being and real world experience. My approach is informed and intuitive, layering message and medium to dissect specific civic and personal conundrums. I draw, smudge, superimpose, and re-draw again and again actualizing a dense surface that emphasizes the dark and light character of human nature, I am able to construct images and spaces that contain the temporality of all thoughts, bringing the duplicity of humankind to the forefront. I look for images that bridge socio economic and cultural gaps to mimic the entanglements of an "us and them" status quo concept. My intent is to spur conversations about human equity, ethical behavior and how we each can do better.
Randi Matushevitz BIO
The artwork of Randi Matushevitz explores the social ramifications and emotional collateral created by an “us vs. them” culture pointing to the fragility of human connectivity. She engages the audience in a dialogue about the fact that many of us live in a state of illusion where entitlement, safety and security are only a barrier to hide the disparity and inhumanity that others live.
Selected solo exhibitions include Conundrum825 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2018), Urban Dilemmas, HuZgalleries, Los Angeles, CA (2017), Randi Matushevitz, stARTup Art Fair LA, Los Angeles, CA (2017), Mysterious, Dorit Center for the Arts, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA (2016), Welcome to My Garden, Winchester Cultural Center, Las Vegas, NV (2010), Randi Matushevitz: 702 Series, Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, NV (2006), Randi Matushevitz, Miami Dade Community College, Kendall Campus, Miami, FL (2005), and Salt of the Earth, traveling exhibition, Garden of Sculptures, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, Museo de Bellas Artes de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, La Plata, Bs. As., Argentina, and Roberto Martin Arte Contemporaneo, New York, NY (2002-2000).
Matushevitz earned her BA from California State University Northridge and her MFA in Painting from the University of Miami. She currently lives in Los Angeles.