The paintings in Long Summer resemble stages and arenas that attempt to house the absurd fluctuations present in contemporary imagery. Banded and segmented by abstracted planes and bars, the environments presented in these paintings reference a wide variety of media sources, ranging from travel photos and artificial advertisements to horrific news images. Flat spaces give way to gestural smears and light pastel colors meld into thick blacks and blues, thus creating combinations that at once suggest tropicality and composure while also alluding to something more unsettling and grotesque.
William Matheson is a painter temporarily based in Portland. A graduate of Pacific Northwest College of Art’s BFA program, Matheson was recently accepted into the Royal College of Arts graduate program in London, where he will pursue his MFA. This is his first exhibition at Stumptown Downtown.
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