Matthew Deleget: Ceremony
Alejandra von Hartz Gallery
December 3, 2012 – January 26, 2013
“Alejandra von Hartz Gallery is pleased to present the solo exhibition Matthew Deleget: Ceremony. This is the Brooklyn, New York-based artist’s second exhibition with the gallery and it will feature a suite of new reductive paintings and site-sensitive installations.
The subject of Matthew Deleget’s current work is abstract painting – its historical framework, precedent strategies, exhibition conventions, and audience expectations. In his studio, Matthew takes on a pluralist approach and merges painting with conceptual, process, and installation strategies. He freely samples, remixes, and often subverts precedent abstract art movements, including suprematism, constructivism, plastic, concrete, minimalism, monochrome, pattern, op, neo-geo, radical and others reductive strategies. His work, however, absorbs, digests, and responds to what Matthew sees in his daily environment. This includes “urban culture, corporate government, news propaganda, unwinnable wars, religious fundamentalism, unconscionable materialism, and more”, remarks the artist.
Ceremony, the exhibition’s title, is taken from the first single released by the influential English electronic rock band New Order in 1981. New Order’s members originally made up the seminal post-punk band Joy Division until the suicide of its lead singer Ian Curtis in 1980. New Order was a key artistic influence for Matthew during his youth – he saw the band live in concert countless times – with the song Ceremony signifying both a violent and abrupt artistic and aesthetic end, as well as an uncertain new beginning. Matthew’s exhibition will present primarily monochromatic works in black, white, and gold that characterize this liminal, in-between state and will feature repurposed materials, such as garbage bags, used bricks, screws, and more.
With Ceremony Matthew continues his ongoing investigation into the embedded relationship between abstract painting and music. His first show at the gallery in 2010, Color Climate, included over a dozen randomly-generated color paintings, which were informed by the shuffle function on his iPod. Each painting was named after a member of the legendary ensemble salsa music band Fania All Stars, such as Hector Lavoe, Johnny Pacheco, and Celia Cruz, among others.”