Matt Keegan, “Any Day Now”
D’Amelio Terras, New York
September 6 – 29, 2007
D’Amelio Terras is pleased to present our first solo exhibition with artist Matt Keegan entitled Any Day Now. Keegan will exhibit a selection of work from various mediums: large scale text-based works inserted into the gallery walls, photo-collages resembling sculpture, photograms, and a series of prints (letterpress, Xerox, silkscreen). All the work creates an interweaving of texture, surface, and pattern and establishes a relationship to the artist, the viewer, and the community at large.
The work of Matt Keegan examines the connections of images and words to the experiential. Images originating from personal snapshots that are often void of the figure’s identity as well as the usage of performative words like the pronouns You, Me, I, and We, question the notions of reference, meaning, and content. The viewer activates the work and becomes the point of reference that gives variable interpretations that can be personal, professional, or political. The phrase Any Day Now repeated throughout various works in the exhibition acts as a sort of mantra announcing that the work is a continuous source connected to the real time and space outside of the artwork itself. In that respect, Keegan extends the notion of conceptual art as famously defined by Lawrence Weiner’s Declaration of Intent, and embraces the idea of art and life being one and the same.
Matt Keegan in discussion with The Drawing Center curator, João Ribas
Wednesday September 19, 6:30 PM
The Drawing Center: 35 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10013
Keegan’s work has been widely exhibited at venues such as at White Columns, New York; Wallspace Gallery, New York in collaboration with Leslie Hewitt; Sculpture Center, New York; and Mandrake, Los Angeles. He also organizes exhibitions with his curatorial collaborative Public-Holiday Projects and is co-publisher of the annual publication North Drive Press. In 2008 he will have a solo show at Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.