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Clayton Colvin "bots and loops"Clayton Colvin "bots and loops"

October 28 - December 17, 2022

 

Clayton Colvin

bots and loops

 

opening reception

Friday, October 28 (6-8pm)

 

bots and loops

The recent paintings shown in bots and loops continue to investigate fragility and experience through the building and breaking of patterns, exposing and celebrating their inherent doom. The spaces created through experimentation and pausing allow for adjustments at what sometimes feels like a whim, since it doesn’t matter; the change will yield more freedom in some form.


- Clayton Colvin, October 2022


 

 

 

 

Taj Matumbi "Westword"Taj Matumbi "Westword"

October 28 - December 17, 2022

 

Taj Matumbi

Westword

 

opening reception

Friday, October 28 (6-8pm)

 

Westword


History, pop culture, urban folklore, and improvisation drive my work as an image maker. I’m interested in how this source material translates to shape, text, and color that coalesce into meaning within abstract fields. In recent paintings, I blend formal abstraction with poorly rendered figures that recall my primary school days - an intentionally naive and self-taught drawing approach that allows my subject matter to more fluidly inhabit both real and imagined worlds.

Westword comprises a selection of paintings that evolved amidst Trump’s rise to power, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the explosive civil rights protests that emerged in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by the Minneapolis Police in May of 2020. This period of turmoil prompted a reflective turn inward in my studio practice, resulting in more overt exploration of my identity as an African American through kindred themes of isolation, otherness, trauma, and rites of passage.


- Taj Matumbi, October 2022