Acknowledging the influence of Abstract Expressionism, Arte Povera, and Henri Matisse, Matt Connors also draws from language, music, and design to create paintings that seem simultaneously familiar and new. Foil (2011) for instance, evokes the crescent shapes and primary colors of Joan Miró, but with a confounding haziness described by one critic in Artforum as “somewhere between a bumpy sfumato and the signature spray of graffiti.” Using mostly raw canvases, Connors also produces Color Field-like works by pouring layers of paint into fabric like dye, or imprinting one wet canvas onto another. Clear modern influences notwithstanding, Connors describes his modestly scaled practice as “a kind of inward progression so that materials, processes, the studio, and my own actions have all started to qualify for me as origin points in and of themselves.”

Matt Connors
Matt Connors
Chicago, 1973
USA

Past Exhibitions

You’ve Got to Know the Rules…to Break Them

de la Cruz Collection
01/12/2015 — 08/10/2016

Solo Shows

2015
Not Straight, Herald St., London, UK
Matt Connors: Bottoms, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA
Matt Connors: Bottoms, Markus Lüttgen, Cologne, Germany

2014
Matt Connors – Nick Relph, Herald St – Golden Sq, London, UK
Matt Connors: ZONDER, KARMA, Amagansett, NY
Matt Connors: Complaints III, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA
Machines, CANADA, New York, NY

2013
Matt Connors, White Flag Library, Saint Louis, MO
Matt Connors: Reverse Telescopes with Inflected Baffles, KARMA, New York, NY
Matt Connors: Synthesizer, Herald St., London, UK

2012
Impressionism, MOMA PS1, New York, NY
Sandpaper Sleeve, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA

2011
Gas… Telephone… One Hundred Thousand Rubles, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
Matt Connors: Line Breaks, Veneklasen / Werner, Berlin, Germany
You’re gonna take a walk in the rain and you’re gonna get wet, Lüttgenmeijer, Berlin, Germany

2010
Matt Connors: You Don’t Know, CANADA, New York, NY
Matt Connors, Four Boxes Gallery at Krabbesholm, Skive, Denmark
Dromedary Resting, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA

2008
Homonyms, Lüttgenmeijer, Berlin, Germany
Enjambment, CANADA, New York, NY

2007
Pre-Echo, The Breeder, Athens, Greece

2005
Freely Espousing, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY

Group Shows

2015
Feed the Meter, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
New York Painting, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
Love for Three Oranges, Karma at Gladstone Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Fondamenta: Matt Connors, Peter Karkawik, Matt Paweski, Peter Shire, Santa Monica College Barrett Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Call and Response, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, NY

2014
The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Nuit Américaine, Office Baroque, Brussels, Belgium
All Summer In A Day: Matt Connors, Kristan Kennedy, Owen Kydd, Diane Simpson, Erika Verzutti, Fourteen 30 Contemporary, Portland, OR
Outside the Lines: Painting: A Love Story, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
In NO Time, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, United Kingdom

2013
Matt Connors, John Henderson, Lucas Knipscher, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
FEBREZE, KINMAN, London, United Kingdom
Brian Bress, Matt Connors, Mari Eastman, Nathan Mabry, T. Kelly Mason, Cherry and Martin,
Los Angeles, CA
Painter, Painter, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

2012
Collaborations & Interventions, Kunsthalle Andratx, Mallorca, Spain
Straight Up, Family Business, New York, NY

2011
Histories de votre vie: Darren Bader, Juliette Blightman, Matt Connors, Office Baroque Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
Matt Connors, Robert Cumming and Florian Morlat, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA

2010
Untitled, curated by Michel Auder, Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York, NY
Seven Card Stud, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA
Summer Teeth, The Breeder, Athens, Greece
Shut your Eyes In Order to See, Praz-Delavallade, Paris, France
Woodman, Woodman, Spare That Tree, Lüttgenmeijer, Berlin, Germany

2009
Matt Connors, Arturo Herrera, Merlin James, Sikkema Jenkins, New York, NY
Coming In From The Cold, curated by Nicola Vassell, Duve, Berlin, Germany
The Awful Parenthesis, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Matt Connors, Nancy de Holl, Michael Rashkow, Rowan Wood, Parker Jones Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Dark Side of the Moon, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna, Austria
Unaddressed Circumventions: Folds From a Failed Suicide, Gresham’s Ghost, New York, NY
Varda Caivano, Matt Connors, Thomas Hylander, Zak Prekop, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery,
Los Angeles, CA
Paul Bloodgood, Matt Connors, Elena Pankova, Zak Prekop, Michael Wetzel, Susanne Hillberry Gallery, Ferndale, MI

2008
Matt Connors, Marc Hundley, Michael Stickrod, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA
Party at Phong’s House, Janet Kurnatowski Galeria, Brooklyn, NY
Unnameable Things, Art Space, New Haven, CT (catalogue)
Bianca Beck, Josh Brand, Matt Connors, Zak Prekop, Hayley Tompkins, Sue Tompkins, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL
Deadliest Catch: Hamptons, curated by Michael Sellinger, Southampton, NY
Imaginary Realities, Max Wigram, London, UK

2007
TENDERLOIN, The Breeder, Athens, Greece
ab strac tion, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Abstract Paintings and a Sculpture, The Fireplace Project, East Hampton, NY
Matt Connors, Ryan McLaughlin, Shannon Mustipher, Stanley Whitney, Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Detroit, MI

2006
CMYK, CANADA, New York, NY
When the Moon Shines on The Moonshine, The Breeder, Athens, Greece
Smoking Mirrors, China Art Objects, Los Angeles, CA
25 Bold Moves, House of Compari, New York, NY
Turn the Beat Around, Sikkema Jenkins and Co., New York, NY

2005
Fresh Direct, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY
Mystic Truths, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL

2003
I’m just saying…, curated by Ryan Kitson, 84 ROEBLING, Brooklyn, NY

2002
SILKIES: Matthew Connors and Lizzie Scott, organized by Josh Blackwell, Hot Coco Lab,
Los Angeles, CA

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Chicago Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1973 Lives in: New York, USA
W: http://www.mattconnors.info/ M: studio@mattconnors.info