Matthew Craven
Attentive to physicality, Matthew Craven’s (b. 1981, Grand Rapids, MI) works on paper are laboriously hand-drawn on the backs of large vintage movie posters, adding a layer of age to pieces already absorbed in the passage of time. Often acquiring several copies of the same vintage textbook, he collages repeating images of ancient art and archaeological remains onto hand-drawn geometric patterns inspired by textiles and decoration from around the world. Craven's fusions erase particularity, suggesting the primacy of geometric abstraction in our visual vocabulary and implying that patterns and perhaps histories across cultures reflect rather than oppose each other. Relying exclusively on educational and travel sources, his juxtapositions have an eerie déjà-vu quality, a result of the cultural bedrock that is embedded in our psyches.