Maybe I would put Matt Magee’s Circa 1994 set of small paintings, hung salon style at Hiram Butler Gallery in the world of pattern, along with Melissa Thorne’s paintings currently at Devin Borden Gallery, and Monica Vidal’s Falling at the Art League that I’ve already written about, but he does not quite fit. His quirky paintings from the early ’90s on found wood explore a personal cosmology of signs and symbols like an updated, more polished Forrest Bess. I enjoyed Magee’s vibrating compositions and careful touch where the texture of the paint and direction of strokes often subtly echo or push against the shape they are set within.
Matt Magee Circa 1994 is on view through January 4, 2014 at Hiram Butler Gallery in Houston.
also by Joshua Fischer
- Double Life: Performing Performance at CAMH - March 13th, 2015
- How to Make a Non-Didactic Video - August 8th, 2014
- Mulling over Magritte - March 30th, 2014
- You Had to Be There: Performance Art in the Age of Instant Dissemination - March 5th, 2014
- Twofer! Texas Storytelling: Ellen Tanner and the Lizard Cult - December 27th, 2013