Nicholas C. Mathis
Born in Dallas, TX December 20, 1979
2013 December "UNTITLED"
EyeHeart Gallery NY, NY
Selected Group Shows:
2016 "Summer 2016 Exhibition" Erin Cluley Gallery, Dallas TX, Opening July 23
2016 "Drawing Quote Unquote" Curated by Lorraine Tady, University of Texas at Dallas
2016 "Works On Paper" Erin Cluley Gallery, Dallas TX
2013 "An Evening at Home" Curated by James Cope, Dallas TX
2011 Paul Rudolph Foundation, NY, NY
2011 Champion Gallery"The Sultans Played Creole" Curated by James Cope, Austin, TX
2009 Bows And Arrows, Dallas, TX
2007 Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX
2005 Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, TX
2001 Paradigm Gallery, Dallas, TX
2000 500X, Dallas, TX
RECENT PRESS RELEASE
DECEMBER 12, 2013
EYEHEART Gallery 502 W.27th New York, NY 10001
a solo exhibition by Nicholas Mathis
We are excited to invite you to welcome Nicholas Mathis back to New York in his first solo show at Eye Heart Gallery.
Nic Mathis will be showing new work from his current studio in Dallas, TX.
"Memory and physical space are driving forces in Nic Mathis’s work. His subject matter is culled from the memories that persist after first impressions or vivid dreams, resulting in drawings and paintings of weeds, flowers, and the distorted forms of furniture, detritus, animals, and people. Mathis’s compositions record his reactions to these memories within the perimeters of the canvas, the paper, or even his immediate environment.
Mathis’s interest in memory is driven by his experience with color synesthesia, a neurological phenomenon that elicits involuntary associations between colors and other entities, such as letters and numbers in individuals. It only follows that his experience of this phenomenon informs his choice of subject matter (chairs, shadows, obscured human and animal forms) and color palette (often muted and limited, but liberally splashed with black). These choices illustrate an exploration of memories that are rooted in inexplicable and personal color relationships.
Moving fluidly between mediums and projects Mathis has made this movement a constant throughout his paintings, drawings, and sculpture. In Mathis' oil paintings dark shadows aggressively retreat into corners of canvas and push chairs and limbs toward the viewer, forcing movement throughout the surfaces of the paintings. Even in the sterility of the small pen drawings Mathis teases out depth and movement through line and shadow. The nervous sense of space created in Mathis’ drawings, as well as the transient state of objects, informs a sculptural practice that incorporates cast-off items like shoes and traffic cones and found sculptures of matadors and madonnas whose status as detritus is called into question through Mathis’ work.
Mathis builds upon personal memories, his own history of transience and collecting, and his unique relationship with color to create work that cannot help but stick within a viewers' mind. His on-going engagement with sketching has produced thousands of pages of drawings—but a glimpse of the history of his engagement with and reactions to his physical environment."
Please join us Thursday, December 12, from 7-10pm
Eye Heart Gallery
502 W. 27th Street at 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10001
MY IDEAS ON DRAWING ARE SITUATIONAL. FOR ME, IT IS AN ATTEMPT TO RECONNECT WITH AN EXACT MEMORY OR CONVEY A MOTION ON A PAGE, IT CAN BE A PRACTICE OR MEDITATION IN PATTERN AND REPETITION.
I AM ALWAYS INTRIGUED BY DRAWING/MARK MAKING'S DELIBERATENESS AND IMMEDIACY, COMPARED TO THE TYPICAL RESTRAINTS OF NEWER MEDIA.
For "Drawing Quote Unquote" Show at UTD Jan 2016