Tag: Matthew Craven

Matthew Craven Feature in Redefine Magazine

“If ever there was a gallery that were my soulmate — or that I would want to be my soulmate, anyway — it would be San Francisco’s Gallery Hijinks” What a great opening line! Stop by Redefine Magazine to see the rest of the feature about Matthew Craven’s work seen in Gallery Hijinks last month.



 Interview questions by Veronica Schaible.

From Our Matthew Craven Interview:

GH: You mentioned in an interview that your current body of work is still new to you and you don’t know where it’s exactly going.  Do you have a better understanding of what your work is and where it’s going than when you showed at Nudashank (November 2011)?


MC: Yes for sure.  It that point I was just sourcing new imagery.  The imagery has lead me to created a whole new series of  collages and ink drawing I will be showing at Hijinks in Feb.  Like most artist you start with a feeling, and as the work progress you have time to really think and observe your own work.  I am thrilled at the direction of the new work, and feel like it is finally exposing the concepts and narrative my work only hinted at in the past.


Matthew Craven, dwelling, 2012, ink on paper, 20 x 30 inches

 Interview questions by Veronica Schaible.

GH: Do you think that the medium one chooses to work in reveals the nature of the creator?  If so, what does collage/mixed media reflect or reveal about you?


MC: Sure, it brought out another impulse of mine, which is to collect objects.  I think i needed that in my work, it is a  whole other skill in itself.


Headstones, 2012, ink on paper with found image, 20 x 30 inches

More from the Matthew Craven interview

GH: What initially drew you to collaging/mixed media? 


MC: I was in grad school, and  trying to redefine my work.  I had given up on painting at that point and wanted another outlet.  I have always loved working on paper much more than canvas.  When sourcing imagery and materials for my collages, books seemed a much more interesting  way to find paper than a art supply store can ever offer.  It also allows me to incorporate this hunt for materials into my practice that bring me out of my studio  and into the “real” world.


fragments, 2012, mixed media on found book pages, 9 x 12 inches

From the Matthew Craven interview

GH: Has using the Native American/Settlers created problems for you in any capacity?

MC: I use loaded imagery, I am well aware of it.  Sometime people get hung up on singular imagery and cultural ownership of such things.  I feel like its primarily based out of their fear of the unknown.  This country gets extremely uncomfortable with any race/ religion/culture other than their own.  I’m trying to point out where we ALL come from, and the history of mankind is singular.  The goal is to form connections between modern life and the lives of the people who came before us.


Matthew Craven, speak, 2012, mixed media on found book pages, 9 x 12 inches.

More from our blog-post-a-day about Matthew Craven


GH: Is there a specific quality that you look for in your mixed media surfaces?

MC: I spend hours/ days searching for images and materials. It has become vital to my work in recent years.  I am always looking for images with great aesthetic value.  I look for images with vivid textures and surface.  I only uses outdated textbooks for source material.  these books have many properties that intrigue me.  Rough/ dry paper, color deterioration and even the smell.  All of my collages are constructed from resourced books. Even the blank sheets i mount my images on are taken from the front and back of old books, which typically have two blank sheets that usually are faded or stained.  This gives my collages another level of historical narrative.


Matthew Crave, bust, 2012, mixed media on found book pages, 9 x 12 inches

Interview questions by Veronica Schaible.

An Interview With Matthew Craven

For the duration of FRGMNTS (February 4th – February 25th, 2012) we will posting short excerpts of interviews held with Matthew Craven as well as photos and recordings about his new work. Keep checking back for more!

Here’s our first question…

GH: Have you always been a pattern person?  Especially with your past work dealing with Native Americans, it sometimes looks and feels like your weaving a blanket (such as “Life Totem”).  Is this meditative process?  What draws you to this as an artist? 

MC: Yeah, I have always been a pattern person.  As a kid I would relentlessly draw/doodle/deface pretty much anything in front of me.  It was only as I got older that I focused that energy into something more engaging and thoughtful.  As a result i have been including many cultural reference into my work in the last few years ( i.e. the native American/masonic  influence in previous work). The Life and Death Totem drawings were a result of wanting to take what had been doing for years to the next level.  I have always found peace in drawing.  The repetitive nature of such work is very meditative and satisfying to my soul.

Interview questions by Veronica Schaible

Matthew Craven Talks About His Installation for FRGMNTS

Matthew arrived this week and is working on an installation piece to go along with his works for FRGMNTS, opening this Saturday. We recorded him yesterday talking about his installation. Take a look at the pictures below and then click the link at the bottom to hear the recording:



Click here to listen to Matthew talk about this installation

FRGMNTS will be opening this Saturday, February 4th from 6-10pm.

Last chance to see the Chromatics and Canopies show!

We’re deinstalling Treasure Frey and Kyle Jorgensen’s work this upcoming week. So come by today (11am-6pm) or tomorrow (12pm-6pm) and check out their work before it goes! There also happens to be Argentinian music playing in the gallery today, which should be more than enough incentive.



Our next show is titled FRGMNTS: new works by Matthew Craven. Starting on February 4, 2012 through February 25 2012.

Opening reception February 4, 6-10pm


FRGMNTS: New Works by Matthew Craven

 On Exhibit: February 4th- Rebruary 25th, 2012

Opening Reception: February 4th, 2012 from 6-10 pm

Gallery Hijinks is proud to present FRGMNTS, a solo exhibition of new works by New York based artist Matthew Craven. The artist uses historical images as a backdrop for a more abstract form of storytelling. Images from lost cultures, relics and landscapes, both well known and extremely ambiguous, create the patterns within his work. These arrangements highlight shape and composition rather than historical accuracy, solidifying their participation in a completely unique myth. Please join us at the opening reception on February 4th, 2012, from 6-10pm.

This exhibition aims to form connections between modern life and the lives of those who came before us. FRGMNTS further explores these concepts and narratives that Matthew Craven’s previous work only hinted towards in the past. Cravens deliberate choice to exclusively source outdated textbooks for his collages create an underlying narrative and give historical context to the body of work as whole. However, the imagery within each piece is not chosen for it’s contribution to the narrative but rather for it’s singular aesthetic value.

Craven’s process begins with sourcing his materials, searching for hours, and sometimes even days to find the perfect books to give his work the desired foundation. The rough-dry surfaces, smell and color deterioration of the naturally aged paper create a distinctive palate. Depictions of beautiful textile, carvings and architecture find themselves inspiring the artist’s impulses. Hand drawn patterns are aesthetically connected to these works.

Matthew Craven has shown at galleries such as Nudashank, Grizzly Grizzly, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Get This! Gallery, Allegra LaViola, Marvelli Gallery, and Adam Baumgold Gallery. Craven completed his Master’s degree at the School of Visual Arts in 2010. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

FRGMNTS, a solo exhibition of new works by Matthew Craven opens at Gallery Hijinks on February 4th and runs through February 25th, 2012. This event is open to the public. For more information on the exhibition or Matthew Craven please visit galleryhijinks.com or email us at info@galleryhijinks.com.

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