Jan 27, 2022 - Mar 5, 2022

60 Lispenard Street

P: 212 925 4631

New York, NY

Matt Connors: Body Forth

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Installation view of Matt Connors Body Forth

Canada is pleased to present Body Forth, Matt Connors’ fifth solo show at the gallery. The exhibition features nine paintings and four works on paper.  Body Forth is framed by three imposing black wood sculptural “room dividers”, by Ryan Preciado, that bisect the main exhibition space, responding to both the gallery architecture and Connors’ paintings.  The sculptures also serve as display shelves for a drawing and small painting.  Connors' works feature much of what makes his practice so singular; a wide range of sizes, deep saturated colors that soak into the surfaces, and drawing and collage techniques that are simultaneously casual and carefully ordered. The Paintings and drawings are of the world and the mind, composed of abstracted allusions to things seen or felt, creating a sense of both being slightly out of reach and rooted in lived experience.

Publication forthcoming accompanying the exhibition with writing by Durga Chew-Bose.

Matt Connors (b. 1973, Chicago) lives and works in New York and Los Angeles. Institutional exhibitions include: Whitney Biennial (2022), Le Consortium, Dijon (2018); Kunstmuseum Bonn (2015); MoMA, New York (2014) Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2013); MoMA PS1, New York (2012), Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany (2011). In 2015, Matt Connors was a resident at the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas. In 2012, he published the award-winning book A Bell is a Cup. His latest book, Gui(l)de, was published by Karma in 2019. 

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Installation view of Matt Connors Body Forth

Der Hang, 2021
Oil and acrylic on canvas
18 × 14 in. 

Righted Marquise, 2022
Acrylic, oil, and colored pencil on canvas
55 × 50 in. 

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Photo of Matt Connors Studio. Photo by Marquale Ashley, 2022.

Untitled, 2021
Colored pencil on paper
× 6 3/4 in. (w/ frame 22 1/8 × 17 1/8 x 1 1/2 in.)

execution-er, 2021
Acrylic and oil on canvas
14 × 12 in. 

does it hurt to see your double, 2021
Acrylic and pencil on canvas
36 × 28 in. 

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Inside Matt Connors studio. Photo by Marquale Ashley, 2022.

Fourth Body, 2022
Acrylic on canvas
115 × 91 in. 

You're dead, 2021
Colored pencil, watercolor, push pin on paper, artist's frame
10 × 10 in. (w/ frame 22 1/2 × 18 3/4 × 1/2 in.)

Frantic Comedown, 2022
Acrylic, oil, and colored pencil on canvas
36 × 28 in. 

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Inside Connors Studio. Photo by Marquale Ashley, 2022.

Deglove, 2021
Acrylic, oil, and colored pencil on canvas
45 × 36 in. 

Data & Recognition, 2022
Acrylic and pencil on canvas
60 × 51 in. 

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Inside Connors Studio. Photo by Marquale Ashley, 2022.

Catholic Research, 2022
Acrylic and colored pencil on canvas
14 × 12 in. 

Untitled, 2021
Oil, wax, flour on linen
9 1/4 × 9 1/4 in. (w/ frame 20 1/8 × 18 1/8 ×  1 1/8 in.)

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Inside Matt Connors studio. Photo by Marquale Ashley, 2022.

Selected Works

Reassembler 3Brian Belott

A Ball is for ThrowingElizabeth McIntosh

Ambient MusicMary Manning

TORSOAnnabeth Marks

BiscuitLyric Shen

Body ForthMatt Connors

A Cliff to ClimbRyan Preciado

Library of a DreamRobert Janitz

Gold GoldRJ Messineo

On ValentinesSpencer Lewis

Who is afraid of Natasha?Joanna Malinowska & CT Jasper

USMichael Mahalchick

TRANSFIGURATIONAurora Pellizzi

The Thick StreamGroup Exhibition

5 SeasonsJason Fox

Mother PaintingsKatherine Bradford

Ceramics and PrintsElisabeth Kley

Black Femme: Sovereign of WAP and the Virtual Realm curated by Christiana Ine-Kimba Boyle

#VayaConDiosKatherine Bernhardt

DrawingsJason Fox

Heart, HeartAnke Weyer

Tracing MemoryRachel Eulena Williams

Rayos De SombraRobert Janitz

GorpTyson Reeder

EREHWONSadie Laska