Show: Matthew Trueman: Dirt
Where: Westland Gallery
When: March 8th – March 26th, 2015
Reception: Friday March 11th, 7:30 PM
Artist Talk: Sunday March 20th, 1:00 PM
156 Wortley Rd at Bruce St, London Ontario, CA
(519) 601-4420 | email@example.com | www.westlandgallery.ca
Gallery Hours: Tuesday ~ Friday 10 - 6 pm, Saturday 10 - 5 pm, Sunday 12 – 4 pm
About the Exhibition
A solo exhibition by London artist Matthew Trueman at Westland Gallery, titled “Dirt”.
“Dirt is a synonym for valueless. And yet dirt supports everything our culture stands on, and stands for. Nowhere is the dichotomy between valueless and priceless demonstrated more clearly than in North American society’s relationship with their landscape,” says Trueman of the concept behind his new collection of woodcuts and digital photography. The collection, exploring our natural and man-made surroundings, is as Trueman states, “a reminder of the simultaneity of dirt itself: beautiful and barren, foundational and forgotten, meaningful and meaningless – but never one without the other.” Having grown up in the suburbs of London’s Masonville District, Trueman is interested in what the relationship between the landscape and our constructions upon it can reveal about us. The works feature imagery of construction zones and recent subdivision builds juxtaposed with rural farmlands, rugged rock formations and clear blue skies.
Matthew’s hand-pulled woodcuts are created through a unique process that takes inspiration from both Western and Eastern printmaking tradition. The contrast of manual printmaking and modern digital photography in this exhibition, mirrors the combative relationships that Matthew confronts in his subject matter.
“What solidifies a future presence in London’s art scene for Matthew Trueman is his unique ability to merge concept with aesthetic. The power of good aesthetics lies in their ability to make you stop and really look. Trueman draws you in from across the room with strong lines and intriguing forms. He keeps you rooted in front of his work with thought provoking content and carefully curated subject matter. In this careful balance between formal artistic knowledge and a poignant topic, Trueman creates a memorable collection.”– Danielle Hoevenaars, Associate Director
About Matt: Trueman holds an Honours Double Major in Visual Art and Psychology from Western University and will be pursuing his Masters of Fine Arts at the university in Fall 2016. Trueman has participated in many group exhibitions in London, Chatham and Hamilton since 2010. He is Woodcut Printmaking Instructor at The Woodcut Workshop in London, and preparator at Satellite Project Space and Museum London. Trueman was 2015 Print London Artist in Residence at Satellite Gallery.