Reductive abstraction can be anything and be about anything. And, through the unlimited reach of technology, it has expanded beyond traditional geographically-defined pockets of activity, dialogue, and innovation. Meaningful work can be made anywhere on the planet. This is my point of departure.
I am deeply committed to this pluralistic approach. In my studio, I merge painting with conceptual, process, and installation strategies. For me, it is important to make work in the most direct, matter-of-fact manner possible — no novelties, gimmicks, or tricks. I am more interested in the idea of painting than the process.
Paint is applied as if painting a fence, color is used straight out of the tube. I am decidedly unromantic about this process. It is all a means to an end.
I freely sample, remix, and often subvert my precedents — suprematist, constructivist, plastic, concrete, minimal, monochrome, pattern, op, neo-geo, radical and others reductive strategies.
However, my work absorbs, digests, and reacts to what I see and hear around me daily in my environment — urban culture, corporate government, news propaganda, unwinnable wars, religious fundamentalism, unconscionable materialism, and more. I am interested in attacking the problem of reductive abstraction from every possible vantage point.
More information at www.matthewdeleget.com
Abstract painter and curator, Matthew Deleget has an interesting way of using canvas. Deleget holds an MFA in Painting and an MS in Theory, Criticism and History of Art, Design and Architecture from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. Read his statement below.
Reductive abstraction is at last shaking off the dead weight of its hundred-year history. It is no longer ruled over by self-imposed limitations or utopian visions of the world, no longer orthodox in form or self-censoring in subject matter.
May 23 13 @ 5:27 PMØDD Spring Sale
May 24 13 @ 5:40 PMYacht at Shea Stadium
May 25 13 @ 5:50 PMJames Murphy and Special Guests at Grand Prospect Hall
May 26 13 @ 5:54 PMOneohtrix Point Never at Saint Vitus
May 27 13 @ 6:01 PMA conversation With James Murphy
May 28 13 @ 5:46 PMNaoaki Funayama: X-don at Ouchi Gallery
May 29 13 @ 6:06 PMMarina & The Diamonds and Charli XCX
May 30 13 @ 6:10 PMLee "Scratch" Perry at Le Poisson Rouge
May 31 13 @ 6:15 PMAzari & III at Highline Ballroom
Jun 07 13 @ 10:42 AMThe Govenors Ball NYC Music Festival