Matthew F. Fisher, The Return, 2016, Acrylic on shaped canvas, 29 x 28 in

Matthew F. Fisher

Matthew F. Fisher (b. 1976, Boston, MA) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and Brooklyn, NY. He has been the recipient of numerous residencies and awards including the Pollock Krasner Foundation (2016), Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York (2015, 2007) and New York Foundation for the Arts (2010). Recent solo exhibitions include Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York, NY (2017), Airlock Gallery, San Marco, CA (2016) and Sardine, Brooklyn, NY (2015). Group shows include The Dot Project, London, UK (2017), Work Release, Norfolk, VA (2017) and Ampersand Gallery, Portland, OR (2017).

The shaped canvases of Kenneth Noland were Matthew F. Fisher’s original inspiration for his shaped works. According to, "In these shaped works, the viewer no longer looks ‘into’ the picture; instead, the work of art coexists in the viewer's space as a complete object." Fisher appreciates how the simple shift of the exterior frame can influence the interior composition. Do the waves crash in sync with the edges or are the edges the reason for the crash? The title piece, The Return, hints at the slashing of water within the canvas, like water in a glass cup, moving back and forth as you shake it.

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