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Matthew Woodward
Chicago, Illinois



pages 179-181


Seventh and Perry II is a piece from a body of work entitled On Having Left You, concerned with an interaction that takes place within a given space and the architecture within it, and the constant exchange of recontextualization that occurs between them.

I work with graphite because of its immediacy; for its vulnerability; and for the way  the paper it's put to never forgets anything you do on it. No matter how hard you try and polish yourself out it will contain a mad palimpsest rhythm of work, and because the record of an artist's attempting to create something is much more interesting to me than a record of an artist's misgivings. With paper and graphite there is this self-interfering pattern as you work into it, making a bridge between how you see the world and what you are seeing.

That is the relationship that I am concerned with; the transition between the object (architecture) and the suggestion that its been reappropriated to a different occasion (i.e the ground from which it is emerging) and the loaded historical, personal and social associations that arise. The displacement that happens, the shock, is inherent in this constant coming and going again of a thing, which is intensely, almost nauseatingly detailed and seemingly ready to vanish with any moment. The permanence of the object threatened by an assailable wipe. And the very presence of it swaddled but, more importantly, supported by a potent, strict absence found everywhere around it. That tension is at the bottom of the heart of the transition I am documenting.



born:1981, United States


The New York Academy of Art, MFA, 2007
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA, 2005                             

selected awards/honors

Rochester Art Club/Arena Group Award, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY, 2009
Merit Award, 24th Annual International Juried Exhibition, Visual Art Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ
Joan Brady Travel Grant, New York Academy of Art, New York, 2005

selected publications

Abram, A, Spillspace Magazine, All the Wild Horses, September 9th, 2009
O'Sullivan, Michael, Modern or Retro? Lets Call it a Draw. The Washington Post, August 22nd, 08

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Bent Gathering the Boney Apples: Indianapolis Art Center, IN, 2010
Bare Ruined Choirs: Gallery in the Library, Barrington Hills, IL, 2010
Not Again, The Old Men With Beautiful Manners: Linda Warren Gallery, Project Space, Chicago, IL, 2010

selected group shows

Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Dis.place.ment, Grand Rapids, MI, 2010
Memorial Art Gallery, 62nd Rochester Finger Lakes Exhibition, Rochester, NY, 2009
Linda Warren Gallery, Somewhere Elsewhere, Chicago, IL 2008
The Drawing Center of New York, Viewing Registry, New York, NY

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