Matthew Dutton “Midnight Paracosm”
March 2 2016 – March 29 2016
Opening reception March 2, 5 – 9 pm, the artist will be present
Stephen Romano Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works by renowned American sculptor Matthew Dutton. Created with a multitude of textures and materials, both natural and synthetic, the art of Matthew Dutton drifts into surreal realms, revealing a glimpse of a larger world that dwells within their creator. Matthew Dutton’s art employs a hybrid of visual symbols and found objects to create a feral aesthetic through economy of intervention which shares affinities with outsider art, art brut, and neuvre invention – a category of art Jean Dubuffet rationalized as “..of comparable power and inventiveness to Art Brut, but their greater contact with normal society and the awareness they had of their art works precluded their inclusion within his strict Art Brut category.” (quoted from RAW VISION Magazine)
Matthew Dutton creates a story explained through objects created within a time frame that is chronologically disjointed. only to come full circle within the content of a chance meeting, an available selection, made on impulse. The things that live within, are allowed to escape when disconnected directly from self; the choice to claim these things these things is a balance of honor and terror. A paracosm is a detailed imaginary world created inside one’s mind. This fantasy world may involve humans, animals, and things that exist in reality; or it may also contain entities that are entirely imaginary, alien, and otherworldly. Commonly having its own geography, history, and languages, the experience of such a paracosm is often developed during childhood and continues over a long period of time: months or even years. Paracosms are also made reference to as types of childhood creativity and problem-solving. Some believe paracosm play indicates high intelligence. In the installation “Midnight Paracosm” Matthew Dutton is crating his own world of creative play. The exhibition also embraces the vernacular sensibilities of yard shows, swap meets, flea markets, roadside attractions, and all manner of unfiltered thrift store aesthetics. While previous exhibitions at the gallery – such as Rik Garret’s “Earth Magic (October- December 2014), Lu Zhang’s “All The Lost Souls” (October – December 2014), El Gato Chimney and Rithika Merchant’s exhibitions as well as all of the ambitious group exhibitions presented by the gallery – were intended to be viewed as whole exhibitions comprised of individual works, with one exhibition often overlapping into the next and shifting and growing in content over the course of their presentation – this exhibition is the first being comprised of a site specific installation presented by Stephen Romano Gallery.
Matthew Dutton was born in Winterpark FL and live and works now in Chattanooga TN. Matthew Dutton’ art has been featured in the New York Times, The Worleygig, Dirgemag, Widewalls, BetweenMirrors, Beautiful Bizzare, among many others. His work has been exhibited at Morbid Anatomy Museum, The Metro Show, Copro Gallery, Hive Gallery, La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Augustre Clown Gallery as well as several group exhibitions at Stephen Romano Gallery since it’s inauguration.
“Midnight Paracosm” is Matthew Dutton’s first solo exhibition.
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