North Gallery- Matthew Choberka

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Falling Tower, 2006 Acrylic On Canvas 21 X 32 In
North Gallery- Matthew Choberka

602 Moulton Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90031
October 6th, 2007 - October 27th, 2007
Opening: October 6th, 2007 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

downtown/east la
Open by appointment unless otherwise indicated per exhibition.

My current work is focused on abstract cityscapes and interiors, essentially contemporary history paintings depicting our world as a place constantly at war with itself. The work is political, but not partisan; there is blame to go around. Bearing firsthand witness to 9/11 plays no small role in this work. The paintings embody profound challenges we as a society face. Abstract forces in the paintings interact in a fraught and even violent manner. Building-like structures fight for stability within fields of color and light. My address to the issues of power, conflict, and uncertainty are, and must be, allusive and metaphoric, rather than discursive or didactic.
            For the past several years, I have endeavored to create a kind of unique pictorial world, predicated on interplay between abstraction and representation, whose nature becomes clearer to me as it evolves from picture to picture. The interplay between pictorial form and content is here symbiotic; as formal invention suggests or even necessitates content, while, in turn, content mandates formal and abstract solutions. I’ve come to understand that recent events on the world scene have strongly influenced my imagery. As I have said, the pictures are far from overtly political, yet seem to have become filled with my unease with the world that I face, and that my daughter will inherit. Fundamentally, the content of my painting has become an attempt to find a place for myself in the world. Emotions like apprehension and anger, tempered with a kind of hopefulness have informed recent works. In the paintings, I confront both my identification with humanity, and my (sometime) dissatisfaction with it.
            What is of the greatest importance for me in any given painting is to create a truthful image. All of the elemental forces of painting- form, color, structure, and space- are in service to this aim, perhaps because this is what I am most able to understand. Most importantly, I want the painting to be, in a very real sense, alive; not a rendering or representation of the world, but a world in itself.  An image, one that is somehow true, is what I find meaningful in art, and what I seek for myself. The uncomfortable fact is that we are never more ourselves than when we are making art.