After about a decade break I started making ceramics again and am looking forward to exhibiting this work at Portrait Society this November. For those of you asking about buying ceramics, I finally posted a teabowl and and a coffee cup for sale in my shop. I will continue to post one or two things for sale in the shop every month or so leading up to the show. If you would like to know when the new pots are posted follow me on instagram @colinmatthes, on facebook, or email me and I will email you when new work is posted.
Dark humor at Bockley Gallery
What would Noah do?
Faced with rising seas, a modern Noah might follow artist Colin Matthes’ instructions for “Making a Boat From the Ruins of a Gas Station.”
That daft concept is among a dozen or so goofy but engaging ideas that the Milwaukee-based artist has written and illustrated in DIY-manual style in his show of “Instructional and Flood Resistant Work” at Bockley Gallery. The darkly amusing exhibit includes a couple of paintings and a small, highly impractical raft.
Kept afloat on foam pool-noodles, Matthes’ raft is way too fragile and underequipped for survival at sea. Scrawled on its sail is the menu for a lavish cruise-ship dinner, plus little painted vignettes of inspirational luxuries — martinis, cigars — designed to motivate the desperate to paddle harder.
Matthes’ humor is bleak but undeniably apt at a time when every newscast carries stories of refugees — from civil and religious wars, failed states, devastated economies — struggling to reach safety in rickety boats on roiling seas. As a metaphor, his raft pretty much nails the problems and paradoxes of contemporary life, where the proverbial 1 percenters cruise by munching tenderloin while the masses flounder.
Elsewhere he offers post-apocalypse survival tips for butchering small game (pull out entrails with your fingers), catching fish (make hooks from thorns), breaking down a door (kick, don’t use shoulder), purifying water, encoding messages, hot-wiring a car, and so on.
The very implausibility of this Boy Scout advice in a tenuously wired world just highlights our mutual vulnerability. He pegs style and concept together perfectly with ragged, rough-lettered penmanship, deft but scratchy drawings and scrap-work constructions. Matthes’ project is intentionally humorous, of course, but unsettling too.
Ends June 13, free. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W. 21st St., Mpls. 612-377-4669 or www.bockleygallery.com
Colin Matthes: Instructional and Flood Resistant Work
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 14, 6 to 9 pm
Exhibition: May 13 through June 13, 2015
Bockley Gallery is pleased to announce its first exhibit of works by Milwaukee artist Colin Matthes. Instructional and Flood Resistant Work presents paintings, drawings, and sculpture. Ten works from Essential Knowledge, a series of drawings on paper illustrating basic skills for success in challenging situations, are included in the exhibition. Additionally the artist has constructed flood resistant luxury objects; foam noodle floats and a provisional raft are used to ensure the survival of his oil on canvas paintings during times of rising sea levels.
Bockley Gallery, 2123 W. 21st Street (west of Lake of the Isles, near Franklin), Minneapolis
Tomorrow (January 9th) is the last day to see Bake Sale, by Makeal Flammini and Colin Matthes. Closing reception from 5:30-7:30pm.
Here is a collection of six posters designed for the upcoming People's Climate March on Sept 21st in NYC. images are by Favianna Rodriguez (Defend Our Mother), Colin Matthes (life jacket), Josh MacPhee (feet), Crystal Clarity (Hurricane Sandy), Nicolas Lampert (UN Building), and Chris Stain (lettering). Feel free to disseminate. They are copyright free. http://peoplesclimate.org/
Video by Laura Klein
Here are some in progress shots of demo derby cars for the Green Mini Demo Derby at the MREA Energy Fair in Custer, WI June 20-21st.
Thanks to the sponsors of these cars:
Central Waters Brewing Co., Midwest Renewable Energy Association, Kankakee Community College, and Quick Mount PV.
Next up finishing (and starting) cars for Alternative Currents, RREAL (Rural Renewable Energy Alliance), North Wind Renewable Energy, and Colectivo.
Thanks for participating Quick Mount PV!