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Matthew Northridge : Collage

Thin Black Line (detail)
collage on paper
22″ x 30″
2005

What to Do Today (What to Do Tomorrow) Detail
collage on paper
23″ x 27 1/2″
2010

What to Do Today (What to Do Tomorrow)
collage on paper
23″ x 27 1/2″
2010

Thin Black Line
collage on paper
22″ x 30″
2005

Untitled
collage on paper
11″ x 14″
2005

Contained within my work are serial arrangements and architectonic constructions. Whether composed of variable units in real space or networks on paper, rules are decided and a system developed from many parts. Much is borrowed from popular printed material (magazines, books, advertisements and packaging), where each element carries some of its previous meaning, language, and history. Excised from its original source, a fragment is combined with others to create a subjective framework, rooted in the act of collecting and cataloging. Through this process, materials transcend the mundane, forming the skeleton of a unique, nuanced structure. The scale consistently remains within the range of the architectural model and occupies the peculiar place of simultaneously being thoroughly complete and merely an unrealized prototype of something quite monumental. Though modestly scaled and constructed of simple, familiar materials, the subjects remain quite large and universal, ranging from environmental and climatic change to the precarious state of world government.

Matthew Northridge : Website

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