Matthew Girson (lives and works in Oak Park, IL) is a painter who exhibits and presents his work locally, nationally, and internationally. Previous explorations into the Holocaust and Nazi culture have evolved to include reflections on failures of democracy more generally, the ways they inform the discourses of art, and how they are shared and distributed. Recent paintings and work in other media remove traditional ideas of gesture. Following the German-language poet Paul Celan, Girson sees “no difference between [his work] and a handshake.” And, following the Polish poet Wyslava Szymborska, he “prefers the absurdity of [making artworks] to the absurdity of not [making artworks].” He has been a member of the faculty at DePaul University since 2001.
Aspect/Ratio was pleased to include Matthew Girson in On the Fence, February 22 - March 23, 2019.
Exhibitions at Aspect/Ratio:
Expressionistic Painting, 2018, oil, alkyd, enamel on aluminum, 32 x 42 inches 81.2 x 106.6 cm
Expressionistic Painting, 2018, oil, alkyd, enamel on aluminum, 42 x 40 inches 106.6 x 101.6 cm
Expressionist Exhibition, 2018, oil on canvas, 30 x 42 inches
She Cares for the Sky, 2, 2018, oil and glitter on canvas, 27 x 42 inches
Allegory, Allegory, Part 2, Chicago Cultural Center, 2014, installation view
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