OFF

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Opening Thursday 29 November 2012, 6.30 ­– 8.30pm
Open Thursday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm and by appointment
Open until Saturday 12 January 2013

OFF is for turning OFF the noise. It was a suggestion to Matthew, that turning it OFF can be a requisite to enable thinking and making.

“I am making work about things I want to see, about being an observer myself and trying to lose any expectation of what I think anyone else wants to see, or what anyone else is doing.

The most recent work is about visuality, I think. It’s enjoyable to look at. And the fact that the concept goes nowhere only leads you back to enjoying looking at something.

I’m finding a communicative language in which I don't ask an observer to make minimal gear-shifts in order to understand something; I'm far more interested in the work being exciting. A move away from cerebral / pensive / melancholy / tragic.  

But I overlook simple connections in my work that other people spot a mile off.  There’s a part of me that will argue until I’m blue in the face that 2 + 2 = 5.

The work does always look simple, reductive, clear and careful, despite the fact that every part of me is trying to make a mess. I don’t know why that always fails. There is, however, an attitude in the work that avoids a certain notion of elegance.”

Matthew Smith (b. 1976 Burton-on-Trent, based in London), gained his BA Fine Art from Sheffield Hallam University (2003), and his MA Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (2005). Previous solo exhibitions include Lüttgenmeijer, Berlin; Mary Mary, Glasgow; Rivington Arms, New York; White Columns, New York, STORE, London; and Associates, London.

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Installation View, ‘OFF’

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Installation View, ‘OFF’

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‘Proper Rigmarole’, 2012, Inkjet Print on Cardboard, Plumbing Pipes, Foam, Cable Ties

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‘Be Amorous’, 2012, Inkjet Print, Aluminium Coated Insulation Board

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‘Proper Rigmarole’, 2012, Inkjet Print on Cardboard, Plumbing Pipes, Foam, Cable Ties

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‘Proper Rigmarole’, 2012, Inkjet Print on Cardboard, Plumbing Pipes, Foam, Cable Ties

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‘Proper Rigmarole’, 2012, Inkjet Print on Cardboard, Plumbing Pipes, Foam, Cable Ties

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‘Be Mysterious’, 2012, Inkjet Print, Aluminium Coated Insulation Board

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‘Digger’, 2012, Inkjet Print on Cardboard, Bricks, Cable Ties

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‘Driver’, 2012, Inkjet Print on Cardboard, Bricks, Cable Ties