BIOMES: Paintings by Jonathan Matteson

Artist’s statement:
I believe abstract textures efficiently and effectively heighten our awareness of time and space. They are signs that act as catalysts in identifying, connecting, or reliving moments that relate to sight, smell, taste, touch, and/or sound. Furthermore, these abstracts challenge the viewer’s curiosity and imagination through the simplified way that they visualize complex things such as thoughts and feelings, helping to balance the heavy weight of concrete imagery that inundates our lives. My work also investigates the psychological impact between both the analog and digital existence of art so some pieces are made to be actual objects and some are not.

An analogy to musical composition is useful to understanding my creative process. Music made in a studio is different from that created during a live performance. Like the studio musician, my paintings, graphics, photographs, and other creative works are successive recordings made in a private professional space using a variety of tools before a final compilation is released to an audience. To construct captivating images, I set a sequence of steps for myself that allow for improvisation to varying degrees. Melodic lines, harmonic colors, and rhythmic patterns coalesce to ensure an evocative experience that is both compelling and complete.

For my BIOMES series, I abstracted environments such as woodlands, deserts, grasslands, and tundras. I created these acrylic palette knife paintings while contemplating the importance of symbiosis in sustainability. Each of the twelve vivid impasto paintings included in this series offer the viewer an evocative haptic/optic experience, making them individually and collectively more memorable despite their diminutive size.

Untitled #6 - BIOMES
Untitled #6 – BIOMES, acrylic on canvas, 12 in x 16 in (30.48 cm x 40.64 cm), 2013
Untitled #15 - BIOMES
Untitled #15 – BIOMES, acrylic on canvas, 16 in x 20 in (40.64 cm x 50.8 cm), 2013
Untitled #26 - BIOMES
Untitled #26 – BIOMES, acrylic on canvas, 18 in x 24 in (45.72 cm x 60.96 cm), 2013
Untitled #36 - BIOMES
Untitled #36 – BIOMES, acrylic on canvas, 36 in x 24 in (91.44 cm x 60.96 cm), 2013

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