"Fechin SG001" by Matthew Thomas,
Fechin reproductions on newsprint, acrylic paint, on wood panel, 36 x 36 inches,
Reframed Matthew Thomas
On View:December 18, 2021 - January 31, 2022
Sited in the former studio of Russian-American artist Nicolai Fechin, this selection of works by Taos-based artist and architect Matthew Thomas is a conversation between two artists. With over 20 wood, paper, and cardboard works, the exhibition challenges the binaries of new and old, local and global, authentic and appropriated, art and craft, skilled and unskilled, and the masculine and feminine.
Reframed is a series of drawings, constructions, and patterns fabricated from new and reclaimed materials. Broken down, cut up, rebuilt, and repositioned, these works are textures drawn from familiarity, from (un)common histories, and from the self. The process evokes an awareness of tradition and craft while raising questions about context, place, and modes of production and consumption over the past 100 years.
These works are a practice in seeing. Reframed explores the integration of place and identity into a physical and tactile realm. This site-specific exhibition merges personal journeys into a collective experience through the rigorous production of objects and images. These constructions seek to query where inspiration begins and how authenticity, value, and identity are derived.
Artist Bio: J. Matthew Thomas (b. 1976) is an artist and architect who utilizes the tools of architecture to explore both social and aesthetic patterns. Thomas has had a number of solo shows regionally, with group shows in Germany, New York, and New Mexico. In addition, with a MacDowell Fellowship awarded for the spring of 2022, Thomas has attended a number of residencies, including StudioWorks in Eastport, Maine; Santa Fe Art Institute; Arteles Creative Center in Finland; The PORT Hackathon at CERN, Switzerland; and Art Farm in Nebraska. Thomas has a MA in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University in New York City. He has explored community, place, and infrastructure through parallel practices in architecture and urban design through Studio Taos and the nonprofit he founded, The Paseo Project. Thomas currently resides in Taos, New Mexico, with his husband and 40 chickens. Website:https://www.jmatthewthomas.com/ Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/jmattthomas/
Interested in submitting an idea for a possible exhibition in the Fechin Studio?
Please send a resume, ten examples of your work, and an artist statement regarding artistic intention and vision for the proposed show to email@example.com. Given that the Studio exhibitions are where Nicolai Fechin created some of his best work, we are particularly interested in proposals inspired by his work and legacy, though it's not required.
We welcome all inquiries and make selections based on curatorial standards of artistic quality and relevance to the mission of the museum. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, or marital status.
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