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.
“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.