ARAF: New Works by Matt Eaton September 14th - October 6th 2018
ARAF is an exhibition of abstract landscape paintings documenting observations and personal interactions with specific locations in nature reconstructed from memory. Each place or experience is stretched to its absolute extreme in an effort to record these moments to memory using the farthest reaches of color, shape, texture and value.
"While most of my earlier works address an acute interest in urban decay relating to advertising, graffiti, architecture and human interaction using man made structural reference and typography to explore their decline and finite lifespans, recent years have given way to a more intense interest in long term and sometimes incalculable time frames in which objects experience similar yet vastly more powerful forces. The patterns represent the layers of earth, rock and minerals pulverized and forced into shapes and forms sometimes resulting in fantastic demonstrations of color theory and angular juxtaposition; the more loose and gestural markings are meant to stimulate memories of natural elements like clouds, water, trees and a multitude of biological forms. All of these visuals forming over millennia under the unflinching eye of time and extraordinary forces of gravity, weather and nature. These patient and random events result in wonders beyond compare that demonstrate the numerous forces at work but also our utter insignificance among it all. I find great comfort and freedom in this. Fear, pain and all insecurities become invisible when held up to the light of truth, yet hope, love and curiosity become more clear."
California-born (1974) and London, England raised, Artist Matthew Eaton is an abstract painter who explores themes of nostalgia and place using methods and materials common to graffiti, graphic design and typography. Eaton's work has been exhibited in galleries, auctions and private collections around the globe. Eaton was a founding partner in art galleries Library Street Collective and Contra Projects in Detroit. Currently Eaton is the Director and Curator of Red Bull House of Art and partner in Uncommon Editions, both also in Detroit. Eaton considers himself a full time arts advocate working to highlight the importance of arts and culture in everyday life.
Eaton's paintings reflect his desire to connect with nature and the incredible legacy of human arts and culture that spans generations and centuries. The language, iconography, colors and messaging of our modern and ancient worlds find a home in his work as he attempts to connect the dots in his own way.
"In the end, all I can do is continue to explore how I communicate with others, using the tools and materials I'm comfortable with. For me, this is abstract painting. Elements that hint at the influence human dialogue has played in our history while reflecting the stunning visual cues time, decay and nature have thrust upon our messages are at the center of my influence."