Re-Make / Re-Model
Re-Make / Re-Model, a Catalog of Paintings by Matty Byloos
ABOUT THE BOOK
Between 2002 and 2005, I worked on a group of paintings that was called the Hancock Park Sister Series. Numbering not more than a dozen paintings, the work was exhibited in two separate solo shows at SolwayJones Gallery in Los Angeles. The first exhibition was titled Hancock Park Sister Series, with the first 5 to 6 paintings being shown at the gallery in June of 2003.
Later, in 2005, a second group of work was exhibited in the exhibition titled Re-Make / Re-Model, from which the catalog derives its name.
The work began with a series of photographs, all shot around the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Most of the images feature a single saucer Magnolia in bloom, with architecture or urban infrastructure intruding in parts of the background. Later works also stem from photographs shot in Koln, Germany, during a fine arts residency in the summer of 2004.
The catalog features two essays, one by the writer and critic Chris Kraus, and one written by the critic Christina Valentine.
1st Printing: SolwayJones & Matty Byloos, 2005.
ISBN 13: 0-9749400-2-X
Designed by Wendy Furman, with documentation by Anthony Cuhna, Scott Lindgren, and Ian Hughes.
Printed by Hignell Book Printing, and published in a limited edition of 500.
Catalog published to coincide with the September 10 – October 8, 2005 solo exhibition at SolwayJones Gallery, Los Angeles.
40 pages. Distribution: SolwayJones Gallery & Matty Byloos.
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SELECTIONS FROM THE ESSAYS IN RE-MAKE / RE-MODEL
“There is a strange kind of seduction that happens when you’re looking at really good paintings. A good painting eludes you not because it’s opaque, but because it’s so many things at one time. Each of its elements triggers associative strings beyond the painting itself, and you let yourself drift. Looking, you leave and come back. Information piles up, but the frame hasn’t changed. The viewer remakes the painting himself or herself every time.”
“What interests me most about Byloos’ work is that it is highly conceptual, and yet arrived at through painterly means. There’s a whole lot of technique going on here”
“Alone and together, Byloos’ painting act as Borgesian labyrinths, cut very clean and stripped of romance. Inventive of a singular, personal form, they offer new proof that a universe can be contained within anything.”
from the essay titled, “Icons and Puzzles”
– CHRIS KRAUS, critic and author of Summer of Hate, Video Green, Torpor, I Love Dick and Where Art Belongs
“There is an unending amount of references and what I would term as visual anecdotes in Matty Byloos’ paintings. Whether they point to the more critical and heady discussions of art history and theory, or quite simply the presumptions of the ways in which we see, the works are so comfortably and deeply laden with connections, that they can do both.”
“If we consider that the act of looking necessitates a slippage in meaning each time, in order to gain a new perspective, then Matty Byloos’ interpretation of sight rings true. In effect, we look away and go beyond the intended vista in order to discover a new terrain through which to see the world.”
from the essay titled, “Myopic Dreams: The Elusiveness of Sight”
– CHRISTINA VALENTINE, independent fine art critic and curator, Los Angeles.
IMAGES OF THE HANCOCK PARK SISTER SERIES