The work on this page consists of paintings and monotype/drawings executed in 2012 during a five week residence at the Ucross Foundation in north-east Wyoming. Executed in thick layers of troweled on oil , these artworks explicate the tension between the traditional agrarian economy of the region and the more recent energy boom. Although everything in this exhibition is process oriented , the drawings were a complete surprise to me, emerging as “ghosts” of the images left on my painting tools.
I am an artist whose work has functioned, in its various phases, like photography and digital imagery, through aerial perspectives and the breakdown of space. My paintings, drawings, and prints inevitably explore landscape and memory as well as illustrating the impact and intrusion of technology.
I would like to thank the Ucross Foundation for their gracious support of this work.
Mr. Matlack received a Master’s Degree in Art Practice from the University of California at Berkeley. He has exhibited widely throughout Colorado and the western states including the Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver, the Denver Art Museum, The Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, the Aspen Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Yellowstone Art Center, the University of California at Davis, the Berkeley Art Center, and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. He has received several awards and grants including the 2000 Dale Djerassi Fellowship, the Neodata Endowment for the Arts and Humanities, and the Boulder Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant. He has completed several arts residencies, including the Djerassi Resident Artist Program in Woodside , California, and Shark’s Ink, in Lyons, Colorado. He has curated several exhibitions including ”Pure Painting” at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art which won Westword’s Best of Denver Award. He has worked as artist assistant to Christo and Jeanne-Claude on many of their temporary art projects, including “The Running Fence Project”. He served on the Board of Directors of the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art from 1991-98. Mr. Matlack shows his work at Spark Gallery in Denver. He was awarded a second residency at the Djerassi Program which he completed in January, 2004, as well as a third residency in January, 2008. A solo exhibit of Mr. Matlack’s work entitled “Maps” was exhibited at BMOCA early in 2006.
Mr. Matlack’s work appears in many public and private collections, including the Legislative Services Building, Art in Public Places Program, Denver, Co, City of Boulder, Boulder Public Library, The Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, Boulder Community Hospital, Foothills Branch, and the Denver Hyatt Convention Center Hotel.
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