Hashimoto Contemporary is pleased to present IN BLOOM a solo exhibition of new works on found paper by Oakland-based artist Matthew Craven. Informed by the wild flowers of the greater Bay Area, the richly detailed works grow and interweave with geometric patterning.
Each ink and graphite work on found paper is layered with the intricate patterns and the patina of history. Glimpses of the material’s past, often movie posters from the 1950’s to 1970’s or book pages, are visible among the ornate compositions. Guided by historical research of textile patterning, ceramic vessels and other pan-cultural motifs, Craven creates a visual vernacular all his own.
The artist writes, “In 2020, I was left sitting in my studio looking inward for inspiration. I recognized this moment as a different kind of challenge, one that required an exploration of my internal world. I had a lot on my mind and poured it into this work.” The drawings still have Craven’s distinguishable order, but the more rigid elements are beautifully interrupted by new and flexible organic shapes. “In some instances the more fluid shapes replace previous collage elements by using found images as stencils to create borders and outlines of new forms. It’s ambiguous and visually lush.”
The gallery will be open by appointment only, to book at an appointment visit the link here. In order to ensure the health and safety of visitors and staff, please note that masks are required for entry.
The exhibition will be on view Saturday, June 5th to Saturday, May 26th. For more information on this exhibition or to request an online collector's preview, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org