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1 - Cave Mouth

1 - Cave Mouth

Acrylic on panel, 10"x10", $75

2 - Open Concept

2 - Open Concept

3 - Farsight Eyeland

3 - Farsight Eyeland

Acrylic on panel, 10"x10", $75

4 - Rorschach Geographic

4 - Rorschach Geographic

Acrylic on panel, 10"x10", $75

5 - Blue Lagoon

5 - Blue Lagoon

Acrylic on panel, 10"x10", $75

6 - Stellar Nursery

6 - Stellar Nursery

Acrylic on panel, 10"x10", $75

7 - Twin Pines Mall

7 - Twin Pines Mall

Acrylic on panel, 10"x10", $75

8 - Greetings From The Lizard Wizard

8 - Greetings From The Lizard Wizard

Acrylic on panel, 10"x10", $75

9 - All Day

9 - All Day

Acrylic on canvas, 60"x15", $750

10 - Smokeshow Nebula

10 - Smokeshow Nebula

Acrylic on canvas, 60"x15", $750

11 - Red Hedge

11 - Red Hedge

Acrylic on canvas, 60"x15", $750

12 - Over The Under

12 - Over The Under

Acrylic on canvas, 60"x15", $750

13 - Highfield Hustle

13 - Highfield Hustle

Acrylic on panel, 10"x10", $75

14 - Cloud Car One

14 - Cloud Car One

Acrylic on panel, 10"x10", $75

15A - Mixed Wood Mashup 9

15A - Mixed Wood Mashup 9

Mixed media on plywood, 12"x12", $150

15C - Mixed Wood Mashup 3

15C - Mixed Wood Mashup 3

Mixed media on plywood, 12"x12", $150

15B - Mixed Wood Mashup 7

15B - Mixed Wood Mashup 7

Mixed media on plywood, 12"x12", $150

15D - Mixed Wood Mashup 8

15D - Mixed Wood Mashup 8

Mixed media on plywood, 12"x12", $150

15E - Mixed Wood Mashup 12

15E - Mixed Wood Mashup 12

Mixed media on plywood, 12"x12", $150

15F - Mixed Wood Mashup 11

15F - Mixed Wood Mashup 11

Mixed media on plywood, 12"x12", $150

16 - Crimson Bloom

16 - Crimson Bloom

Acrylic on canvas, 24"x30", $325

17 - Lonely as a  Cloud

17 - Lonely as a Cloud

Oil on panel, 40"x30", $600

18 - The Walk Back After

18 - The Walk Back After

Oil on canvas, 48"x36", $800

19 - Double Cyclops

19 - Double Cyclops

Oil on canvas, 48"x60", $1500

20 - Memories of Genesis

20 - Memories of Genesis

Acrylic on canvas, 63"x34", $1200

21 - Point No Point

21 - Point No Point

Oil on canvas, 48"x36", $800

22 - K Feldspar Tappy Tapis

22 - K Feldspar Tappy Tapis

Acrylic on canvas, 24"x30", $325

23 - Skipjack Slip

23 - Skipjack Slip

Acrylic on canvas, 24"x30", $325

NO IDEA – Paintings from the Pandemic

Right before the everything shut down back in March, I was lucky to be able to get to the art store to pick up a roll of canvas. I had just been laid off from building sets for film and television and was staring down the barrel of who knew how much time off. I needed something to do with my time. How much time? No idea. So, I stapled a piece of the canvas to the wall of my studio and got to work.  Each layer of paint shrank as it dried, pulling against the staples holding it to the wall, making wrinkles and ridges. Successive layers only served to accentuate those marks, deepening them, making them a permanent part of the work, a memory of its genesis. That was the beginning of the first piece that I painted for this show, “Memories of Genesis”.

Incredibly, it’s now been six months.  These 28 pieces are the result of that time.  All of them have been painted, re-painted or, in the case of the Mixed Wood Mashups, assembled during this pandemic.  They are then a record of what I have been thinking about consciously or unconsciously during this unprecedented time.  So, what do these pieces have to say about where we are or where we are going?  No idea.

Which is kind of the point.  Working without an idea is exactly the way I like to paint. I like to try and remove my self and my conscious thoughts from the process and just work intuitively – responding to what the work presents, helping it become what it is wants to be.  I find that my best work happens when I can get out of my own way. When I am working at my best, no idea is exactly the idea that I am going for: to paint something without painting it on purpose.

    

Of course after the work is done and I’m staring at it and seeing all kinds of things in there, and trying to come up with a title, then I start to see what the piece is about, then I start to have some ideas of what I was up to, and what the piece is trying to say.  Which, apparently, is all sorts of peculiar things: cave mouths, stellar nurseries, blooming gardens, the mall from Back to the Future, stretch marks, gemstone mines, what Jesus did after he died, Wordsworth’s lonely cloud, skipping film stock and glitching memory, lizard wizards, the startling bursts of red willow down at the Leslie Spit in the spring, a carpet made of potassium feldspar, remixed paintings and double cyclopes. What do all of these things have in common? Again, no idea.

But it feels like there is something there. They feel tied together, they feel cohesive somehow, but more on an emotional level than an intellectual one. Which is how I have been experiencing this time. I don’t understand it, but I sure do feel it. And whether or not we understand the times we are living in; whether we have any idea about when they will end or what life will look like afterward, we can’t escape being marked by them on our bodies and our minds. Here then are the marks these times have left on me.

 

Matt

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1475 Gerrard St E, Toronto, Ontario, M4L 2A1

©2020 by Matt Wood

8 - Greetings From The Lizard Wizard

Acrylic on panel, 10"x10", $75