Matthew Allen, Untitled Diptych. Plaster, acrylic & polished graphite on linen 58 x 32 x 5cm. Courtesy: the artist and Fox Jensen Gallery, Paddington.
At first glance Matthew Allen’s work has a crispness and clarity, a latent sense of formality about it that one could be forgiven for assuming that technology played a role in its manifestation… and of course it did. Wood, linen, graphite, paint, brush, burnishing tools – all determinedly analogue technologies in a pervasively digital age.
Allen’s measured configurations act as containers for an intuitively driven inquiry into the luminescence of material – one where patient attention arouses a sensuality in that material that in turn engenders a heightened sensitivity in the viewer.
This is his first solo show with the Sydney gallery.
Exhibition opens: 2–5pm Saturday 12 October 2019