New York-based mixed-media painter Matt Bollinger apologizes for being obsessed with materials. It's charming, because this obsession which helps make his work unique and fresh.
His most recent series of painterly collages explore the limnal space of early adulthood through the narrative thread of books. Radiating outwards from the central, monumental piece "The Reservoir," the books in each work animate moments of freedom, philosophical discoveries, challenging relationships, explorations of the sullied natural world -- they seem to represent an existential lifeline, and a shield against the uncertainties of personhood.
In his works, says Bollinger, the male character sometimes represents a "cooler version of myself, I'm more of a geek.". Bearded, an alter-ego reads a work by Nietzsche while band practice business unfolds in the background; or, a young man shrinks into the background under the onslaught of a friend's disapproval, as illustrated through the use of exaggerated perspective.
Bollinger describes his recent Paris afternoon, mediating on and sketching the great works in the Louvre. While we're curious to see how they translate in his future canvasses, we're happy for now to explore his electric collages at Galerie Zürcher until May 10, 2014. A good number are already spoken for, get a move on if you're hoping to add Bollinger to your collection!