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Skidmore College
Schick Art Gallery

March 22–April 22, 2018

Paintings, Drawings, and Stop-motion Animations by Matt Bollinger
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 22, 5:30–7 p.m.
Artist’s talk: Thursday, March 29, 4 – 5 PM, Schick Art Gallery

John Yau Talk: Tuesday, April 17, 5 p.m. 
Noted poet and art critic John Yau will participate in a wide-ranging discussion on artist Matt Bollinger’s work, recent developments in contemporary art, writing art criticism, and the connection between poetry and visual art.

The Schick Art Gallery presents Matt Bollinger: DIY, a solo exhibition of paintings, drawings and videos by Matthew Bollinger. Based on invented narrative and memory, Bollinger’s work depicts moments from the everyday lives of semi-fictional characters. His paintings are rich with the kind of detail we tend to ignore or reject—Post-it notes stuck to a computer screen, drunken graffiti scrawled on bathroom tiles. They’re suffused with moody light, marked by unexpected bursts of color, and enriched by subtle complexities—a silhouette in a doorway, a figure reflected in rippling water.

While Bollinger’s paintings are discrete works unto themselves, they have a symbiotic relationship with his videos. Photographing each progressive state of the canvas, he uses the resulting images to create stop-motion animations. There’s little action in these quietly compelling videos: A woman knocks ash from a cigarette, light moves across a wall. You see into the characters’ lives as you’re watching the creation of the video; a double drama ensues, the experience of viewing intensified by Bollinger’s open and inventive process.

Matt Bollinger was born in 1980 in Kansas City, Missouri. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2003 and his MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2007. He is represented by Galerie Zürcher in NYC. He is assistant professor of art and design at the State University of New York College at Purchase, and lives and works in Holmes, N.Y.

Bollinger will speak about his work on Thursday, March 29, at 4 p.m. in the Schick Art Gallery; on Friday, March 30, he will critique with Skidmore College art students.

All events at the Schick Gallery are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours:
Monday–Thursday 10–6, Friday 10–4, Saturday and Sunday noon–4
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