Matt Connors (b. 1973) received his MFA from Yale in 2006. Major solo and two-person exhibitions of his work have been presented at MoMA PS1, New York; Kunstahlle Düsseldorf, Germany; Dallas Museum of Art, Texas; CANADA Gallery, New York; Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles; and The Breeder, Athens, Greece. Group exhibitions include those at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas; Kunsthalle Andratx, Mallorca, Spain; Office Baroque Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium, and Sikkema Jenkins, New York. He was the receipient of a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship Grant.
Like many younger painters working with abstraction, Matt Connors (American, b. 1973) engages freely with the histories of his medium without depending upon them. His canvases absorb influences from a disparate and evolving roster of artists, as well as writers, filmmakers and musicians to whom the artist looks for inspiration, and this casual porosity is likewise reflected in the formalities of his method. Connors mostly uses raw canvas, often taking rubbings from his studio floor, pouring layers of paint into the fabric like dye, or using one wet painting to imprint another. His paintings are remarkable for the apparent thinness of their surface; paint ends up in them, rather than on them. As such, Connors’ works act as both pictures and objects, registering the surfaces behind or beneath them, as well as those before them—including other paintings and things close at hand in his studio. His paintings inhabit a space in between, taking and offering impressions of their immediate surroundings in time and space, and those more distant.