Matthew Abbott

Artist Biography

Matthew Abbott is known for his bold, abstract paintings containing a swirl of geometric shapes and text. The works were inspired by a range of various sources, including crossword puzzles, Islamic symbols, and record covers Abbot’s work is in various permanent collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Denver Museum of Art, Colorado, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, the Akron Art Museum, Ohio, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the New York Public Library.

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Artist Statement

“So I thought that I was looking for friction, but perhaps it’s balance. Anyway, visual contradictions keep a picture alive.” – Matthew Abbott

Disparate harmony is the Utopia of this modified isometric grid, which functions only within the picture space; there can be nothing beyond.  Using a limited vocabulary in order to facilitate un-planned tangents and improvisations, form follows function in the creation of an image.  Along with suggestions of symmetry and repetitions, patterns are looking to be completed as the eyes moves around a composition with no rest spots.  The structure is the rhythm within which the other voices play along with or work against.  Such contradictory elements as gesture/geometry, speed/labor, flat/3D, inert/dynamic and abstract/representational prevent the image from becoming stagnant.  The structure must also be architecturally sound, yet continue to twist and slide to the edge of collapse.

These new paintings are of the artificial intelligensia, the simpering elites who sell war as peace in a culture where nothing is so true that its opposite cannot be more so.

No Horizon Insight

Matthew Abbott

September 7, 2016 - October 16, 2016

Original Show – Season One curated by Stephen Hepworth

Carl Fudge, Joey Kotting, Matthew Abbott

June 21, 2015 - July 24, 2015

Pulse Art Fair, Miami Beach 2015

Carlos Rigau, Jasmina Cibic, Matthew Abbott, Nynke Koster, Popel Co...

December 1, 2015 - December 5, 2015

Allthorpe-Guyton, Marjorie, “New Factory, (a problem of language)”, Catalogue Essay Degree Show University of Brighton, 1987

Dannatt, Adrian, “But if you try sometime, you just might find…”, Catalogue Essay: In & Out, Back & Forth, Idaho Editions, 1992

“Soccer Sideline”, Review: The Daily Telegraph – London, 2nd Feb. 1994

Hirsh, Faye, Review: Flash Art International, Vol. XXVIII #180, Jan/Feb.1995, p.97

Karmel, Pepe, Review: The New York Times, 22nd Sep. 1995

Myers, Terry R. “Ouverture – Matthew Abbott”, Flash Art International, Vol. XXVII #174,

Jan/Feb.1994, p.49

Myers, Terry R., Review: Art+Text, No. 74, Aug/Oct. 2001, p.76

Schwabsky, Barry, Review: ArtForum, Nov.1994, p.87

Schwendener, Martha, Review: Time Out New York, #94 Jul.1997, p.47

Volk, Gregory, Review: Art in America, Jul. 1996, p.87