Matthew Neil Gehring, Studio View, 2013 (courtesy of the artist)
Caleb De Jong interviews painter Matthew Neil Gehring about his work on the occasion of the exhibition Matthew Neil Gehring: Brilliant Corners, on view at the Dishman Art Museum, Beaumont, TX, through April 30, 2013.
Gehring comments: "I think that there is a great freedom within a focused practice and the parameters of my natural tendencies, tendencies that have been with me since my earliest work... In many ways, I began as a student with a primary interest in formal work, and I have loved reductive abstract painting and sculpture for as long as I can remember. The new paintings here in Beaumont are formal and they are focused in an extended investigation of a small number of variables and relationships. I am interested in making relatively small moves, where in the past I felt compelled to make significant shifts, large conceptual declarations, from piece to piece."
As part of his blog series In Process, Paul Behnke posts about the development of the recent painting And the Vital Vigor Stood it's Ground (2013) by painter Matthew Neil Gehring.
Behnke writes that: "Gehring's use of color and form combine to produce a visual deception bordering on Op Art. However, these works offer more than visual trickery and reveal themselves over time. The hierarchy created by color and form generates a stately presence more akin to Barnet Newman than Bridget Riley."
Matthew Neil Gehring: Brilliant Corners will be on view at the Dishman Art Museum, Beaumont, TX from April 2 - 30, 2013.
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