Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Matthew Carver at Twist etc. September 2010



Matthew Carver at Twist etc. September 2010
#75 and #77


Vikings

This series of works was born out of illuminations on 13th c. profane works from Iceland, and the style is a more-or-less intuitive one only accidentally resembling a mix of techniques from french “tôle” and Mexican “maraca” traditions. The figuration is flat, the colors bold, and the handling quick. I wanted to experiment with the strength of the symbol and its power to talk about ultimate things. By turns the bright, almost absurd (are you team red or team blue?) depictions of violence and reprobation amuse and repulse, and remind us of the most widely felt ultimate, how “in the midst of earthly life, snares of death surround us.” In the binary duel to which every facet of the world is so readily reduced, no one is spared either guilt or gutting. The detached / placid faces of the actors serve a twofold purpose, both implicating our own removal from the horror of this present mortality and directing us to the contemplation of escape from it. In the last moment, consoled and disconsolate alike look away.