Matthew Rose “Weekend Plans”

Karuizawa New Art Museum

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More than 50 works on canvas and paper, as well as altered objects feature in the artist’s exploration of architectural dream spaces. The collages distill the artist’s abstract and figurative works into a surreal roman à clef, a busy, intricate and confounding autobiography of Matthew Rose’s world.

Objects like Rose’s “Second Hand Clock,” “Fantasms” and his “End of the World” mouse traps are imbued with a philosophical humor particular to the American artist’s interests in linguistics and semiotics. Collages made from kitsch 1970s French pornography books will also be presented; these small, intimate works on paper echo a wordless theater by recasting narratives of faked romantic encounters into odd dramas of longing, boredom, frustration and absurdity.

Rose is attracted to found, cut and torn paper as a contemporary language with which to invent narrative and visual space. The medium of collage and its inherent, fragmented nature offers the artist a way to “literally and metaphorically spell with scissors.” His works are informed by DADA and Fluxus movements as well as 20th century masters such as Joseph Cornell, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Ray Johnson and Kurt Schwitters.



from December 07, 2019 to January 13, 2020

Opening Reception on 2019-12-07 from 14:00 to 17:00


Matthew Rose



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