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Matt Connors Swap

Matt Connors Swap
Selected works Installation views

Xavier Hufkens is pleased to present a new series of paintings, works on paper and a photographic work by American artist Matt Connors (b. 1973, Chicago). Swap is Connors’ third exhibition with the gallery.

Swap; start with two things.

With the scene in a jewel heist film, where a heavy, dirt-filled leather bag is
placed on a sensitive pedestal in place of a sought-after treasure, which one then runs away with.
Maybe the dirt from the bag is spilling everywhere, really stressing the not-there-
ness, essential to the prize-ness, of the prize. And the jewel is sharp-edged, getting streaked
and smudged with the dirt and the sweat in hands and pockets.
And one has both. One is both.


Is it more like a rotating door? This supplementing, this one that runs away,

those large wood or glass pivot doors that turn on a central axis and so
have no front or back, are all front, all back, all turn.
A switch, a role reversal, two sides of the imaged equation meet at a bar: head-tail-head-
tail-head-tail-head, like a spinning coin flashing its sequence with only modulation between
faces, a constant, invisible series of repetitions and adjustments that accompany inherent
gaps or failures in any effort to really, truly repeat,

summoning and shaking out some sort of new form and form’s (and new’s) opposite.

What painting trades back and forth are these
figures and gestures and ideas and sources as functions and tunings and bargains and re-
commencements. The idea is to make two and fuck with one.
That’s three things.
And where we started was dirty in a good way: one who supplants one and one who plants one on one, who

swaps with one, passes it back and forth for taste, makes it twice—how you start is how you finish (painting).

Maybe recursion is a lover’s conspiracy in that the object (image) is collision, a sort of setting into motion, subjunctively.

— Text by Amelia Stein and Matt Connors

Matt Connors lives and works in New York. He is scheduled to have a solo exhibition at Lismore Castle Arts, Ireland, later this year. Other exhibitions include: Painter, Painter at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2013), Impressionism, MoMA PS1, New York (2012), Gas... Telephone... One Hundred Thousand Rubles, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany (2011) and Concentrations 54: Matt Connors and Fergus Feehily, Dallas Museum of Art (2011). In 2012, Matt Connors received the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship Grant and the Belgacom Art Prize. He published the award-winning book A Bell is a Cup that same year. Connors’ work is included in the following collections: Dallas Museum of Art; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; MOMA, New York; Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis; and the San Antonio Museum of Art.

Studio visit filmed by Jason Evans

Related exhibitions

Selected works

  • Step Study, 2020

  • Radiator, 2021

  • Stopped Step, 2020

  • Bug Chaser, 2021

  • Fix from Memory (Green), 2021

  • Grand Motif, 2021

  • Enlarged Error, 2021

  • First Fixed, 2021

  • Second Silverwood Step, 2020

  • Hex Folder, 2021

  • Diamond Cliff, 2021

  • Classical Diamond, 2021

  • Turn-er, 2021

Related artworks

    Matt Connors

    Step Study, 2020

    pencil on paper
    25.4 x 21.6 cm, 10 x 8 1/2 in.

    Matt Connors

    Radiator, 2021

    acrylic and pencil on canvas
    215.9 x 167.6 cm, 85 x 66 in.

    Matt Connors

    Stopped Step, 2020

    acrylic and pencil on canvas
    57.3 x 45.8 cm, 22 1/2 x 18 1/2 in.

    Matt Connors

    Bug Chaser, 2021

    64.8 x 50.8 cm, 25 1/2 x 20 in

    Matt Connors

    Fix from Memory (Green), 2021

    acrylic and pencil on canvas
    215.9 x 167.6 cm, 85 x 66 in

    Matt Connors

    Grand Motif, 2021

    acrylic, oil and pencil on canvas
    76.5 x 68.7 x 2.7 cm, 30 1/8 x 27 1/8 x 1 1/8 in

    Matt Connors

    Enlarged Error, 2021

    acrylic and pencil on canvas
    190.5 x 154.9 cm, 75 x 61 in.

    Matt Connors

    First Fixed, 2021

    acrylic and pencil on canvas
    63 x 51 cm, 24 3/4 x 20 1/8 in

    Matt Connors

    Second Silverwood Step, 2020

    acrylic on canvas
    182.9 x 152.4 x 3.5 cm, 72 1/8 x 60 x 1 3/8 in

    Matt Connors

    Hex Folder, 2021

    acrylic, oil and pencil on canvas
    57.1 x 47 x 2 cm, 22 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 3/4 in

    Matt Connors

    Diamond Cliff, 2021

    acrylic and pencil on paper
    24.1 x 24.1 cm, 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 in

    Matt Connors

    Classical Diamond, 2021

    acrylic and pencil on paper
    26.7 x 30.5 cm, 10 1/2 x 12 in

    Matt Connors

    Turn-er, 2021

    acrylic and pencil on canvas
    114.5 x 91.5 x 3 cm, 45 1/8 x 36 1/8 x 1 1/8 in

Installation views