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Muted: J. Matthew Thomas Exhibition

Muted: J. Matthew Thomas Exhibition
November 12 - January 7, 2019
Location: The Encore Gallery of TCA

 

Reception for the artist on Thursday, November 15, 4-6pm.

J. Matthew Thomas converts discarded consumer waste into constructed landscapes. Using the tools of the architect, he builds surfaces; and through a process of adding and subtracting, he creates new configurations of contemporary environments. Through this series of actions Thomas contemplates our occupation of space, the making of place, and ultimately the control we have exerted over land. Read as maps, drawings, or blueprints for the contemporary landscape, this phenomenological approach exposes consumerism and our objectified perspective of land, revealing a ‘new nature’ in the Anthropocene.

For this fall 2018 solo show, Thomas’s work reveals another departure in pattern making. For Muted, the patterns are moving away from a strict sense of control and order to a fractured and disjointed display. With the use of gray, whites and blacks, so too are the works moving away from color and becoming Muted.

Thomas explains, “The breaking of these patterns is as freeing as it is frightening. Repetition is comforting, but nothing in life is static, nothing is pure, and as we are discovering, we can’t take anything for granted. This unease of shifting global attitudes (political, environmental, socio-cultural) are exhausting. I found myself desperate to find a calmness in the chaos, and calmed by the monotone colors.”

J. Matthew Thomas is an artist, architect and community organizer based in Taos, New Mexico. He uses the tools of architecture to explore both social and aesthetic patterns, confronting issues of identity through community activation and material culture. With solo exhibitions at Central Features in Albuquerque, and at the Taos Center for the Arts, Thomas’s mixed-media paintings are well known throughout New Mexico. His work has also been exhibited in Germany and at Vivian Horan Fine Art in New York City. He received the Visionary Artist Award from the Peter & Madeleine Martin Foundation for the Creative Arts in 2015.
Thomas creates platforms for local engagements through The Paseo Project, an initiative that fuses art and temporary events as the impetus for community involvement and transformation. He regularly curates events and community programs at The Harwood Museum of Art, Pecha Kucha Night Taos, and The Paseo Project. Thomas received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Kansas State University and a Master of Arts in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University.

www.jmatthewthomas.com
 

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