530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street
Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
Ian A. Matthews
Spatial Fluidity
Agora Gallery
New York,NY

  • City Park Series  (tetraptych)   City Park Series
    Oil on Canvas with Electroluminescent Lights
    60" x 200" x 3"
    Ian A. Matthews

  • Yellow Brick Road   Yellow Brick Road
    Oil on Canvas with Yellow Neon Light
    54" x 46" x 3"
    Ian A. Matthews

  • Love Triumphs Hate   Love Triumphs Hate
    Oil on Canvas with Backlighting
    68" x 48"
    Ian A. Matthews

  • Cloud Study #2   Cloud Study #2
    Oil on Mylar
    37" x 26" x 4"
    Ian A. Matthews

Ian A. Matthews


Spatial Fluidity
April 1 - April 21, 2017
Reception: Thursday April 6, 2017 6-8 PM

Ian A. Matthews is a singular contemporary artist who creates three-dimensional works using light, canvas, and paint. He pokes holes or tears raw canvas into strips, some large and rolling and others delicate, and weaves them onto angled wooden frames that he designs himself for each piece. He then applies paint to these textured canvas sculptures. The works roughly adhere to the vertical plane standard of painting, but they reach into the viewer's space in subtly probing ways. To these traditional painting materials Matthews also adds different lighting effects, including neon, LED backlighting, and electro-luminescent light cords.
Matthews' artistic practice is an exploration of the transcendence of light as it progresses through the day. "We each see natural light transcendence each day," says the artist. He works this into his creations, which are colorful paintings during the day, but when the lights are activated in the early evening, the works begin to glow. At night, the lights take hold, the painted surface diminishes to darkness, taking the painting into full transcendence and altering the energy of the room.
Matthews was born in Vancouver, Canada and today lives in Ottawa. He is currently practicing his art while studying Fine Arts at the University of Ottawa.

Artists in this exhibition

Word HealingSplatter Abstraction ISeascapesAngelChartreuse Cocktail Diptych 1 & 2City Park Series (tetraptych)AugustoWater Cosmogony Cantábrica (darker one)05BY232M2013TK