IMAGES: Matt Phillips

A founding member of TSA, a new artist-run space in Bushwick, Matt Phillips cites Alfred Jensen, Marimekko patterns and Gee’s Bend quilts as touchstones for his accident-prone abstractions that combine wobbly geometric shape with distinctive color relationships and casually agitated brushwork.”I’m interested in working with these things that are dumb fundamental components of visual language – the square, the triangle, the octagon, the stuff that is in everyone’s kitchen sink, the stuff that everyone knows,” Phillips told Jennifer Samet in a 2012 conversation on her Beer with a Painter blog. “If you work with simple components, and they all work together to transcend their parts— that’s the magic of painting.”

Matt Phillips, Canadian Sunrise, 2013, pigment and silica binder on canvas, 66 x 54 inches,

Matt Phillips, Revolverlator (Ochre), 2013, silica binder and pigment, and oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches
Matt Phillips, Untitled, 2013, silica binder and pigment, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches.

Matt Phillips, Broken Stirrup, 2013, oil on canvas, 66 x 54 inces.

Matt Phillips at Steven Harvey Fine Arts, installation view.

Matt Phillips: this, and then,” Steven Harvey Fine Arts, Lower East Side, New York, NY. Through April 21, 2013.


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