Razors & Vapors

04.28.13 – 06.08.13

devening projects + editions is very pleased to invite you to Razors & Vapors, Matt Rich’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition opens in the main gallery on Sunday, April 28th, 4 – 7pm.

As Matt Rich describes his paintings, “ … they aren’t quite many things: flat, dimensional, representational or perfectly singular. In being not quite many things, they commit to a formal and experiential dissonance.” The dissonance seems to come out of his joy in making work that wobbles through different neighborhoods. Painting, sculpture, emblematic signage, performative action – Matt Rich finds possibilities in each of these. To keep things in flux in the studio, he maneuvers among these territories and enlivens the work through improvisation and modification. Hanging directly on the wall, the work emphatically holds space, acting at times like heraldic insignia and at others, like portals into some visually skewed netherworld. Each work is assembled from cut paper activated with acrylic pigments applied in a variety of gestures—evenly sprayed, messily smeared, scraped, brushed and rolled. The process of composing is “pre-indeterminate;” it starts someplace — almost any place — and evolves through a liberated sense of composition and construction toward tenuous stability. The final shape may feel familiar — usually the title leads someplace — but the work quickly slips and becomes something entirely other. That the paintings frequently hover almost there or not-quite-there is a testament to Rich’s awareness of how things congeal, how the paintings form and become whole – or potentially dissolve into some unexpected result. They may feel tentatively held together, but it is the declarative nature of what we ultimately experience that intimates a work as an essential being: something flawed but resolute. The work’s heartfelt exuberance is expressed through shape, color and construction, but we feel its willingness to be imperfect as absolutely human.

Matt Rich has had solo exhibitions at Project Row Houses in Houston, devening projects + editions in Chicago, the Suburban in Oak Park, Illinois, Samsøn Projects in Boston, VOLTA NY art fair and Halsey McKay in East Hampton, New York. In the past three years, Rich has had group shows at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Cottage Home and LACE in Los Angeles, Baer Ridgway Exhibitions in San Francisco, Galerie oqbo in Berlin, and DODGEgallery and BravinLee Programs in New York. Rich’s works are held in the collections of the List Visual Arts Center at MIT and The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City. He has received fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Terra Foundation for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. His work has been reviewed by Modern Painters, ArtforumArt Papers and The Boston Globe.

 

  • Matt Rich

    Installation view, Razor & Vapors, devening projects + editions, 2013

  • Matt Rich

    Second Red (2013)

    acrylic and spray paint on cut paper, linen tape, 49 × 52 inches

  • Matt Rich

    Installation view, Razor & Vapors, devening projects + editions, 2013

  • Matt Rich

    Figure Eight (2013)

    acrylic and spray paint on cut paper, linen tape, 52 × 29.5 inches

  • Matt Rich

    Installation view, Razor & Vapors, devening projects + editions, 2013

  • Matt Rich

    Installation view, Razor & Vapors, devening projects + editions, 2013

  • Matt Rich

    Face (2013)

    acrylic and spray paint on cut paper, linen tape, 44 × 39 inches

  • Matt Rich

    Pink (2013)

    acrylic and graphite on cut paper, linen tape, 47.5 × 38.5 inches

  • Matt Rich

    Installation view, Razor & Vapors, devening projects + editions, 2013

  • Matt Rich

    Installation view, Razor & Vapors, devening projects + editions, 2013

  • Matt Rich

    Balls (2013)

    acrylic and spray paint on cut paper, linen tape,

  • Matt Rich

    Helmet (2013)

    acrylic on cut paper, linen tape, 19 × 20 inches

  • Matt Rich

    San 3 (2012)

    gouache on paper, 10 × 7 inches

  • Matt Rich

    San 5 (2013)

    gouache on paper, 10 × 7 inches

  • Matt Rich

    San 6 (2013)

    gouache on paper, 7 × 10 inches

  • Razors & Vapors

    Installation view, Razor & Vapors, devening projects + editions, 2013

Current

K.R.F.

05.14.17 – 06.17.17

Archive

Jason Karolak

Slow Talkers

04.02.17 – 05.06.17

offspace

Melissa Pokorny

Call If You Need Me

04.02.17 – 05.06.17

offspace

Paul Erschen

Cloven

02.19.17 – 02.25.17

Sean Sullivan

Sunset, Saudade Station

02.19.17 – 03.26.17

Peggy Casey

Gun Shadows

01.08.17 – 02.11.17

Matt Phillips

Yard Sale

10.30.16 – 12.17.16

offspace

Steve Reber

copy, fax… cut and paste

10.30.16 – 12.17.16

offspace

Allison Wade

Know Better

08.28.16 – 10.15.16

Alain Biltereyst

Not Just Because

08.28.16 – 10.15.16

Christine Tarkowski

Chthonic Void

04.03.16 – 05.14.16

Mike Andrews

The Friends and Family Plan

02.21.16 – 03.26.16

offspace

Conrad Bakker

Untitled Project: Still Life / Style Leaf

02.21.16 – 03.26.16

offspace

Turquoise Sunset

01.10.16 – 02.13.16

Scott Wolniak

To Break is to Build

01.10.16 – 02.13.16

offspace

Amy Yoes

Structurals and Sightlines

11.01.15 – 12.12.15

Christopher Michlig

To Everyone

11.01.15 – 12.12.15

Bradley Biancardi, Austin Eddy, Annie Hémond Hotte, Shara Hughes and Tracy Thomason

08.30.15 – 10.17.15

offspace

Steven Husby

myotherisanother

04.26.15 – 06.13.15

Jessie Mott

What Creature Deserves Such Devotion

04.26.15 – 06.13.15

Cody Tumblin

Tell Tale

03.15.15 – 04.18.15

offspace

Angharad Davies

You Know That As Radiant

03.15.15 – 04.18.15

Leslie Baum + Allison Wade

01.31.15 – 03.07.15

Katy Cowan + Michael Milano

work : work

12.14.14 – 01.25.15

offspace

Monika Bartholomé

Night Walk

10.26.14 – 12.06.14

Aron Gent

Pure Pictures, Perfect Prints

10.26.14 – 12.06.14

offspace

Aaron Carpenter + Philip von Zweck

Cartoons + C.A.B.S.

09.07.14 – 10.18.14

Franziska Holstein

Works on Paper

09.07.14 – 10.18.14

Seth Hunter

held/crushed

07.20.14 – 07.20.14

Mistakes Have Hidden Intention

05.25.14 – 06.28.14

Gerd Borkelmann

Different Every Day

03.09.14 – 04.12.14

offspace

Mike Rea

Exile on Main Street

03.09.14 – 04.12.14

offspace

Felix Malnig

Fringe Area

01.26.14 – 03.01.14

Craig Yu

Phantom Limb

01.26.14 – 03.01.14

Peter Fagundo

Model Questions for the Sun, the See and Other Things…

12.15.13 – 01.18.14

offspace

Sofia Leiby

The Drama of Leisure

12.15.13 – 01.18.14

Nathaniel Robinson

The Sensible Range

10.20.13 – 12.07.13

offspace

Alain Biltereyst

09.08.13 – 10.12.13

Sterling Lawrence

If I Plucked You from the Sea

09.08.13 – 10.12.13

Matt Rich

Razors & Vapors

04.28.13 – 06.08.13

offspace

Vincent Hawkins

Flying Suit

03.17.13 – 04.20.13

Nancy Ford

Land Loping

03.17.13 – 04.20.13

Rainer Spangl

UUUUU

02.03.13 – 03.09.13

offspace

Shit is Real

new editions by Chicago artists

02.03.13 – 03.09.13

offspace

Nick Ostoff

Tracing

12.16.12 – 01.26.13

Allison Wade

The Rest of the More

12.16.12 – 01.26.13

offspace

Julia Hechtman

10.14.12 – 12.08.12

Christopher Michlig

10.14.12 – 12.08.12

offspace

Michael Pfisterer

08.26.12 – 10.06.12

Gary Stephan

08.26.12 – 10.06.12

06.10.12 – 07.21.12

Jin Lee

04.22.12 – 06.02.12

offspace

Dorothee Joachim + Richard Roth

04.22.12 – 06.02.12

I Surrender

03.11.12 – 04.14.12

offspace

Alexander Valentine

01.29.12 – 03.03.12

Joshua Abelow

Songs from a Room

01.29.12 – 03.03.12

Mark Booth

The Sea is Represented by an Irregular Shape

12.11.11 – 01.21.12

offspace

Scott Fortino

Unfurl

12.11.11 – 01.21.12

offspace

Andreas Karl Schulze

10.16.11 – 12.03.11

Evidence of the Material World

10.16.11 – 12.03.11

offspace

Sound & Vision

08.28.11 – 10.08.11

Volker Saul

Rough Cuts

08.28.11 – 10.08.11

Leslie Baum

The eyes have it or how to win a staring contest with a monster

05.22.11 – 07.02.11

offspace

Works on Paper

05.22.11 – 07.02.11

offspace

MultipleMix

01.30.11 – 03.19.11

Andreas Fischer + Melissa Pokorny

Kabinett 5

01.30.11 – 03.19.11

Britta Bogers, Mark Holmes, Jered Sprecher

Kabinett 4

12.05.10 – 01.22.11

Dana DeGiulio, Marie T Hermann, Anders Ruhwald

Kabinett 3

10.24.10 – 11.27.10

Richard Rezac + Gary Stephan

Kabinett 1 + 2

08.29.10 – 10.16.10

Paul Cowan + Matt Stolle

Causality without Cause

07.18.10 – 08.15.10

offspace

Wheatstone Stereoscope

07.18.10 – 08.15.10

Skies in Between

05.23.10 – 07.08.10

offspace

Berlin Drawings

05.23.10 – 07.08.10

offspace

Visceral Geometries

04.11.10 – 05.18.10

Nathaniel Robinson

de facto

04.11.10 – 05.18.10

Peter Otto

The Lodger

03.07.10 – 04.09.10

offspace

Heiner Blumenthal

A Hand-off Between

01.31.10 – 03.01.10

Rodney Carswell

hither and yon (little prisons)

01.31.10 – 03.01.10

Home Wreckage

Subversive Musings on Domestic Ideals

12.06.09 – 01.24.10

offspace

Time, Trauma, Drama and Rhyme

12.06.09 – 01.24.10

Dagmar Varady

Redden

10.18.09 – 12.01.09