Visions From The New California Exhibition in Santa Monica

I am included in the Visions from the New California exhibit with these other fine artists.  The show is at the 18th Street Arts Center, in Santa Monica, CA, and will be up from April 14 to May 31, 2012.  This show highlights artists who have won the “Visions from the New California Award,”  which is an honor from the Alliance of Artist communities and funded by the James Irvine Foundation.   The following is from the curator, Mark Steven Greenfield:

“There are few occasions when the breadth of work in a group exhibition so serendipitously finds its own cohesion. Thankfully such is the case with the offerings of the “Visions from the New California” exhibition at 18th Street Arts Center.  To my mind, the most conspicuous thread running through the exhibition is one of “pan-culturalism”, as evidenced by the priorities engendered in the work, as well as the diverse backgrounds of the artist.  The work suggests a rethinking of long held notions of the contemporary Californian aesthetic as envisioned by a cross section of artists representing ideas with decidedly global perspectives. The exhibition features work that deals with issues of race, sex, gender, redefine constructionism, new minimalism, early photography, nostalgic meditations, and the interplay between nature and the man-made.”

"Breaking Ranks" Human/Nature At the Headlands Center

I'm going to have a few pieces in this show at the Headlands Center for the Arts.

This is text from the show:  "Breaking Ranks in military usage indicates the movement among a group to fall out of line, allowing each person to go his or her own way. The Bay Area artists, performers and writers included in this annual exhibition each execute different tactics to investigate the contested division between Nature and Culture. The diverse media in the exhibition, including drawing, painting, video, sculpture, and live performance, reveal the products and processes of culture as part and parcel enough of human nature to make culture at least second nature for humans everywhere."

"Breaking Ranks: Human/Nature," was curated by Brian Karl.

Matthew Mullins, Moonrock, Charcoal and Graphite on Marble, 16" x 12" (40cm x 30cm)

Visions From the New California Award

I am very happy to say that I am one of this year’s recipients of a “Visions From the New California” award.  The other artists who received this year’s award are:  Asad Faulwell, Joanne Hashitani,  Crystal Am Nelson, Anja Ulfeldt and Andre Woodward.

From the “Visions From the New California” website:

Visions from the New California celebrates, supports, and promotes the work of outstanding California visual artists from diverse communities – artists whose work may still be unfamiliar but whose compelling visions will define California in its next decades.

With the award came a one month residency at the Kala Art Institute and a very nice stipend.  This award is possible due to the Alliance of Artist Communities.  Thank You!

Brought To Light - Press Release

December 11th, 2010 to February 6th, 2011
Reception: Saturday, December 11th, 4 to 8 p.m.
Closing / Art Talk: Saturday, February 5th, 2011, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Hours: Sundays 1 to 4 p.m. or by appointment

The Martina }{ Johnston Gallery is pleased to present Brought to Light, an exhibition featuring the films and installation of Rose Khor and the paintings of Matthew Troy Mullins.

The multiplicative effect of technology on humanity's instinct to collect and catalog has led the inhabitants of our computerized, postindustrial societies to think of information as something abstract, disembodied, replaceable and disposable. Using differing theoretical approaches and tools of art practice, Khor and Mullins explore the physical architecture of the archive, focus on the significance of the unique historical object and, in the process of creating artwork, reinvent their personal relationship to the forgotten articles of the endless catalog. Each of their work functions as a model of how to keep humanistic values alive in the face of the overwhelming.

Matthew Troy Mullins is exhibiting a current, ongoing series of large scale watercolor and gouache paintings on paper. To create this work Mullins researched and gained access to the private and semi-public archives of various museums and learning institutions around the Bay Area. Based on photographs from these sites, the images in his paintings hint at the awesome scale of these undertakings, while their free flowing, delicately meticulous, yet deeply felt rendering enables the viewer to connect to these overpowering products of human endeavor at an emotionally comprehensible level.

Down dimmed, climate-controlled corridors, the archive occupies row upon row of generic metal shelving, boxes stacked in towering columns, strictly labeled sets of drawers, and cabinets brimming with outdated media formats, suggesting that the Modernistic grid is the contemporary mode of being. But Mullins has taken down the boxes and opened the drawers to reveal the fascinating contents; with great care each is observed and passed along to us.