September 9 — October 14, 2017
Conduit Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of work by Dallas artist, Matt Clark. Maitri marks the seventh solo exhibition of Matt Clark's work at Conduit Gallery.
Maitri is the Sanskrit word for loving kindness, an element rooted in Buddhist teachings. Clark uses this as a parallel for life, bringing a spiritual essence to the canvas that challenges the viewer to relate and reflect. The paintings present abstract interpretations of the divine nature of Buddhism.
“These paintings embody the continued journey of finding self,” said Clark. “My hope is to give the viewer a moment of peace that perhaps brings a sense of presence and an opportunity for contemplation.”
Organically constructed, Clark’s work reveals the history of their making. Layers of paint: scraped, spread, sanded, poured, and compressed, reveal and obscure the prior image, acting as a catalyst for his trust, faith, and determination in the creative process. The genesis of Clark’s work lies in how place and experience, both physically and psychologically, inform us of ourselves and surroundings.
Matt Clark is a Dallas-based artist and Assistant Professor of Practice at University of Texas, Arlington. He has had a creative practice for over two decades. He received his BA in Art History in 1995 from Arizona State University and an MFA in 2002 from Cranbrook. His work is included in over 20 international corporate collections and has been exhibited throughout the US since 2002. A passionate educator, he focuses on arts entrepreneurship and employing entrepreneurial thinking and strategy to help students achieve their potential.