Matt Connorsat Xavier Hufkens
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Matt Connors
at Xavier Hufkens

By Rory Mitchell| Brussels, 13 March 2021

Based between New York and Los Angeles, Matt Connors is an abstract painter whose colourful and alluring images contain Modernist idioms amidst their complex, bleeding layers.

His solo exhibition Swap just opened at Xavier Hufkens' Van Eyckstraat location in Brussels, showing works on paper and photographic prints alongside paintings (6 March–3 April 2021).

While Connors' approach to colour and form sometimes recalls the characteristics of Colour Field Painting, he disrupts this to experiment with techniques more closely associated with Helen Frankenthaler and even Jules Olitski's soaked canvas paintings, ensuring a renewed sense of both transparency and depth.

Matt Connors, Hex Folder (2021). Acrylic, oil and pencil on canvas. 59.5 × 48 cm. Courtesy the artist and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels. Photo: HV-studio.

On closer inspection, one is struck by the brilliantly spontaneous handling of paint, including accidental drips and splatters that permeate the flat spaces of colour, contributing to the story of their production.

This, combined with the use of darker tones and the bleeding of saturated colours, alludes to something deceptively contemporary in terms of technique, not unlike Tacita Dean's 'FILM stills' (2014) or Wade Guyton's printed paintings.

Connors has successfully developed a coherent body of work over the last few years, surprisingly unified in style despite a varied palette, whilst allowing individual works to function on their own with the level of immediacy and clarity that is required for abstract paintings.

Extremely sought after by collectors and now residing in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Connors is firmly establishing himself as an artist who's staying the course and provides a welcome distraction from the swathes of figurative painters. —[O]

Main image: Matt Connors, Stopped Step (2021) (detail). Acrylic and pencil on canvas. 57.3 × 45.8 cm. Courtesy the artist and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels. Photo: HV-studio.


WORKS

Floor Doors by Matt Connors contemporary artwork
Matt ConnorsFloor Doors, 2020Oil, acrylic and crayon on canvas
58.4 x 50.8 x 3.8 cm
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FAN by Matt Connors contemporary artwork
Matt ConnorsFAN, 2018Acrylic and pencil on canvas
69.8 x 62.2 x 2.7 cm
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Component by Matt Connors contemporary artwork
Matt ConnorsComponent, 2018Acrylic on plaster
20.3 x 25.4 x 5.7 cm
Xavier Hufkens
Section Still Life Study by Matt Connors contemporary artwork
Matt ConnorsSection Still Life Study, 2020Coloured pencil on paper
24.1 x 17.1 cm
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3rd Fold by Matt Connors contemporary artwork
Matt Connors3rd Fold, 2019Oil and acrylic on scored cardboard
50.8 x 40.6 cm
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Fix from Memory (Green) by Matt Connors contemporary artwork
Matt ConnorsFix from Memory (Green), 2021Acrylic and pencil on canvas
215.9 x 167.6 cm
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Turn-er by Matt Connors contemporary artwork
Matt ConnorsTurn-er, 2021Acrylic and pencil on canvas
114.5 x 91.5 x 3 cm
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Diamond Cliff by Matt Connors contemporary artwork
Matt ConnorsDiamond Cliff, 2021Acrylic and pencil on paper
24.1 x 24.1 cm
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