Matt Connors is an abstract artist interested in post-painterly concerns of the painting as an object. Connors was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1973, and received his MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2006. He has been featured in several recent solo exhibitions including: Cherry and Martin, Los Angles (2010); CANADA, New York (2008); Luttgenmeijer, Berlin (2008); The Breeder, Athens (2007); Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York (2005). Recent Group shows include: Praz-Delavallade, Paris (2010); and Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago (2008). He lives and works in Los Angeles.

In conjunction with Connors’ lecture, PSU and C-O-O-L ART Presents: MATT CONNORS – DARK ROOMS

February 2 – February 27, 2012
Opening February 2, 5 – 7 PM
PSU, 2000 SW 5th Ave.

The effects of colours are unpredictable. Our architecture is not delicate enough for pure and strong tones. At the Bauhaus, Marcel Breuer attempted to introduce colourful and cheerful furniture into the apartments. The solution he found for my bedroom was surprising. He painted it black. Black is the colour of sleep; the colour that best allows us to forget our memories of reality. I protested that black is, strictly speaking, the colour of death and that I would like to see a little blue, or at least grey-blue, on the ceiling, The architect, however, justified his notion on solid grounds. He said: “Black is the colour of death only when it is painted matt on a rough foundation. Highly polished, on a smooth surface, it does not have a dreary effect. Depending on the angle of the light falling upon it and the colour of the light source, it reflects white or coloured light. The bedroom would certainly not have the effect of a death chamber. It would probably be the best solution for bedrooms as a whole, as dreams could no longer take hold so easily. They, too, would fall asleep.” He dismissed my wish for a midnight blue ceiling as romantic, youthful ignorance. He was all for polished black. When I returned from a journey, my room was painted black. I laid myself down to sleep, and would have been grateful if a little blue had shimmered above me since, behind the shaded ceiling light, the promised reflections of the painted black were swallowed up in
an infinite depth that seemed to reach further than the cosmic dome of the nocturnal skies. My romantic fantasy seemed cruelly dismissed. In the morning, I grasped my new circumstances. I remembered the comforting
effect of the white reflections and found the white bed linen mirrored on the wall and ceiling. I was appalled when i sat up and saw how my God-given body
was reflected, swollen and torn asunder – made surreal by the unevenness of the four walls. After this demonstration, I never entered the bedroom again. It
was packed full with cases and superfluous household objects. White would have been good enough for that, too.

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