The Bachelor, Wabash College

“Undoubtedly the most interesting and innovative artist in the group is Matt Deleget ’94. Deleget experiments with space and the underlying symmetry of emptiness. The viewer will be struck by the sense of depth and space that the artist is capable of achieving in his works. Deleget’s imagination ventures into the implicit, unseen “structure of space,” a realm where invisible patterns create an abstract framework around emptiness. Working mainly with ink and handmade paper, Deleget uses simple recurring patterns to create three dimensional space. There is a sense of vastness and a taste of infinity in his works, the pure harmony of a simple periodic wave.

While painting is an intensely personal experience, focusing on minute blocks of space and ensuring their uniformity reflects Deleget’s phenomenal ability to pay close attention to miniscule detail, not unlike a deeply personal meditation. “Pattern in my work,” says Deleget, “is a mapping device used to make visible the underlying unseen structure of space. Together, the patterns form a greater lingua cosmica.”

One is struck by Deleget’s ability to use repeating patterns with such profound visual effect. According to Deleget, the sensation that he seeks in his artistic journey is the feeling of “creating, infinite, undifferentiated space.” From sets of concentric circles to the ordered geometry of intersecting straight lines, Deleget’s works bring forth a calm harmony, the comfortable certainty of a mechanical universe with carefully engineered parts. These works seem to combine the classical geometry of medieval scientists with the abstract indefinite chaos of postmodernism, a truly commendable achievement…His work is sublime, like an uplifting prayer – beautiful, harmonious, and worth of admiration.”

Joydeep Sengupta, review of Wabash Alumni Exhibition, Eric Dean Art Gallery, Wabash College, The Bachelor, October 30, 1997 | 1997 | words | Tags: , , | Comments (0)

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