On Wednesday January 20, Matthew McConville will be speaking about his work in room 301 Williams at 5:30. He is currently completing a resisency at the Vermont Studio Center.
Here is an excerpt from his artist statement
These paintings are part of a series that I have been working on since 1993. The images are mainly about human relationships, with an emphasis on the behavior of men. The figures are self-involved, prone to violence, not necessarily smart, as well as curious, playful, and vulnerable. The cast is drawn from average people, a little out of shape, less than perfect. The combination of the nude figure and landscape recall Arcadian images, unreal, and unrealizable, neither past, nor present, part of a collective imagination. While the landscapes are beautiful, like the figures they are not wholly idealized, and at times unsettling and uncomfortable.