MATTHEW COLE

(American, b. 1987 in New Jersey lives and works in Brooklyn, NY)



Cole is a painter who employs traditional painting and preliminary printmaking methods to interpret memories of actual and subconscious events - amalgamations of real life and fantasy, often stemming from profound personal experiences. The processes of layering and distorting are instrumental in conveying emotion in his work.The artist uses composite imagery to represent the fragmented nature of memory, narrated through personal as well as familiar references from art history.

The firts solo  exhibition the artist had with the gallery, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, is named after Carl Jung's autobiography on Visions and Symbols. While Jung tried to grasp the human psyche through writing and analysis, Cole has tried to elevate his own archetypal ideas through his painting.

 

"Life in Mu Ko Ang Thong", in the show, started with a powerful dream the artist had one night in Paris, following the event of the Malaysia Flight 370 plane crash in 2014.

 

"Hoop Dreams (4)" is an amalgam of real life and fantasy referring to the artist early childhood aspiration to be a professional basketball player in the NBA and the crushing
realization that this goal was far-fetched. The painting is a of recovery, while evoking the nostalgia of those days.

 

Cole got his BFA from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA in 2010. He has exhibited at Tresle gallery in Brooklyn where his work was singled out in the review by Sharon Butler in Two Coats of Paint, July 29, 2017. He also exhibited at La Mostra in Italy in 2008.

 

 

Press

CHASHAMA (Space to Present) @ 21 Greenwich Avenue
STEADFAST MAGAZINE Matthew Cole, From Tokyo to Berlin
January 9th, 2019
TWO COATS OF PAINT Selections: Trestle's big show of small works by Sharon Butler (MATTHEW COLE in Group Show)
July 29, 2017