Pedro Matos is the artist’s latest solo presentation at Miguel Justino Contemporary Art’s project room, with exclusively new works.
Featured in the exhibition is a series of Rolled Paintings, an installation of five canvas that relates to the realities of the current art market. Standing rolled paintings displayed as they are often stored and shipped inside mailing tubes, that shall never be seen or displayed as a regular painting, giving the viewer just a glimpse of its images.
In addition to the sculptural installation, the artist also presents five paintings of his Withered Paintings series, part of his continuous investigation of the ephemeral and decaying, the withered and downtrodden – Qualities that present in the urban landscape and nature alike, whether made by unconscious human gestures and mark making or natural phenomena.
Rendered in the form of meticulous and highly detailed works, the artist explores the intricacy of abstract textures and fragmented details, lying at the boundary between abstraction and representation.
Pedro Matos was born in Santarém, Portugal in 1989. He studied at the Fine Arts University of Lisbon (2008); Arco Visual Arts Centre (2009) and Central Saint Martin’s College of Art at the University of London (2011). Pedro’s work has been widely exhibited internationally, both in solo and group exhibitions such as The National Army Museum in London (2013); Martha Otero Gallery in Los Angeles (2013); The Goss Michael Foundation in Dallas (2012); University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson (2011) and Phillips de Pury in London (2010). His work is in the permanent public collections of The National Army Museum in London and Museu da Guarda in Portugal.
Pedro Matos – Pedro Matos
Miguel Justino Contemporary Art, March 19 – April 24