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Matthew Higgs


"For the past twenty years I have made art using books, or parts of books as my primary material. In the past I have described my text pieces, which consist of framed title pages from existing books, as a form of “found conceptual art.” The work in the current exhibition is taken from Dennis Cooper's novel “Wrong.” The parallel series of framed book covers I think of as a form of “found abstract art.” The covers tend to be sourced from art catalogs published in the 1960s and 1970s and employ the characteristics/tropes of modernist abstraction. The recent series of “reading paintings” juxtapose small monochromatic paintings with books from my own library that I have enjoyed reading. In a straightforward way the “reading paintings” are an attempt to both present and share my enthusiasms."











Ellsworth Kelly, 2012
Matthew Higgs
framed book cover
15 x 12 1/2 inches
unique








Nevelson, 2012
Matthew Higgs
framed book cover. 12 1/4 x 14 3/4 inches
unique













Wrong, 2012.
Matthew Higgs
framed book page - 20 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches
edition of 3








Reading Painting #3 (Bruce Hainley), 2012.
Matthew Higgs
acrylic on canvas, book, wire, staples - 43 x 23 inches











Reading Painting #1 (Wolfgang Storechle), 2012.
Matthew Higgs
acrylic on canvas, book, wire, staples - 54 x 18 inches