Print portfolio edition, set of 10 prints
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26 x 22cm Unframed 29 x 24.5 cm Framed
Edition of 15
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About the artwork
Known for his abstract paintings, Matt Connors has used his distinctive palette in his Studio Voltaire portfolio. Each edition is a set of 10 prints, featuring a photographic element of a male crotch against a colour-field background, and each is sold in individually colour matched frames, specifically devised by the artist.
During the early 2000s, Connors discovered a kind of homespun gay porn being crowd-generated on eBay. Sellers would list their used sports shorts to be purchased by other like-minded gentlemen, with the photos posted - more often than not - in a certain state of arousal. By cropping, adjusting and re-contextualising, the images become "weird, digital, distressed, material monochromes - looking something like a mix between a Blinky Palermo cloth painting, a Steven Parrino torque canvas, a Thomas Ruff porn/jpeg and one of my own paintings." The title of the portfolio is a kind of double entendre, referencing Josef Albers Interaction of Colour book and the 'interaction' in the image.
In the wake of a critically acclaimed survey at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, in 2011, and a solo exhibition at MoMA PS1 in New York, in 2012, Connors has garnered serious attention. His paintings take on a sculpture-like quality in the way they lean on the floor or sit within multiple frames. Connors often takes rubbings from his studio floor or drips wet paint from one painting to another, in the process testing the potential of abstraction.
About the artist
Matt Connors (b. 1973, Chicago) completed his BFA at Bennington College in 1995, and his MFA at Yale University School of Art in 2006. Recent solo exhibitions include Inhere, Herald St, London, UK (2019); Figure, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, UK (2019); The Monteverdi Gallery, Tuscany, IT (2018); Look Up, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, BE (2018); Le Sirenuse, Positano, IT (2018); Hocket, CANADA, New York, US (2017); The Flat Voice, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, UK (2016); stud/file, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, BE (2016); Bottoms, Markus Lüttgen, Cologne, DE (2015); Not Straight, Herald St, London (2015); Matt Connors: Bottoms, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles; Markus Lüttgen, Cologne (2015); and Impressionism, MoMA PS1, New York (2012). The artist is represented by Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles; Canada New York, New York; Markus Lüttgen, Cologne; Herald St, London and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels.
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The first ever permanent House of Voltaire will open at Studio Voltaire in Clapham, London in 2021 following a £2.8 million Capital Project. First established in 2010, House of Voltaire occurred biennially as a temporary store in Mayfair and has had international presentations in Miami and Melbourne. Special projects have included Jeremy Deller's Fuck Brexit and Jeremy Deller's FUCK YOU 2020 and John Booth's The Artists' Bedroom. House of Voltaire can be shopped year–round online with global shipping.