WORDS

Landing On Figured Sunsets

A viewing of recent work from Mattea Perrotta

By Mike Nesbit

 

“They were all made the same way.  Sometimes I mixed a metal powder, different kinds of powders, with black latex, or sometimes I used just black and white latex paint.  I painted them with a roller.  If I kept rolling, it would flatten out.  Sometimes I would do one coating, like fresco work, with these big blobs.  I put it on to be wet and really spotty, and every time I made a pass over the painting with the roller, it would flatten out until it was gray or black.  If I kept going it became kind of boring.  All of my paintings are painted with rollers:  I never used a brush.”  (Michael Heizer in response to Kara Vander Weg)

 

Thoughts on technique and representation

Representation is a form of abstraction that positions itself for the viewer, technique is the ingredient of physical context … whether hand or material … that works interdependently with abstraction.  At certain moments technique surfaces and becomes the buoyant abstraction at hand, moving the representation forward by removing itself from any preconceived notions of what the technique intends to represent.

 

Untitled

 

westbound towards a sunset moon

static frequencies

a city reveals itself yet again

dark tunnels … hues of blue and orange

 

Arlington maybe… could be La Brea

chopper above … sneakers across a playoff floor

 

dusk is approaching

memories of Morrison and a flying cavalry

 

landing approached … they still smell wet

excitement maybe …. a crowd chirps

 

geometric primitives drape a landscape

overtones of female form

thick textures … a vacant spot of black

 

etchings of Blue … static and forward

 

surprised by a corner

scale is unique

condensed from the others…

why is this different?

thoughts of compression

emerging blue from black

 

a severed hide … aggressive thoughts

 

threads hanging from an edge

 

 

 westbound towards a sunset moon

westbound towards a sunset moon

 landing approached … they still smell wet

landing approached … they still smell wet

 geometric primitives drape a landscape

geometric primitives drape a landscape

 etchings of blue … static and forward

etchings of blue … static and forward

 thoughts of compression

thoughts of compression

  overtones of female form

 overtones of female form

 threads hanging from an edge

threads hanging from an edge