Contraflow press release

Untitled diptych (Reverse), 2010, Acrylic on linen, 710 x 1188 mm

Untitled diptych (Reverse), 2010, Acrylic on linen, 710 x 1188 mm

Matt Henry: Contraflow

21 June to 17 July 2010

Starkwhite is pleased to present Contraflow by Matt Henry from 21 June to 17 July 2010.
Occupying the downstairs gallery of Starkwhite, Henry's installation of modular, multi-paneled canvas paintings examine various idioms shared between art and design. Referencing a modernist/minimalist aesthetic, the works are intended to invite moments of flux between representational and abstract readings. Michael Wilson describes this as blurring function into form with "paintings and objects that riff on the visual similarity of contemporary high-tech product design and Judd-era sculptural Minimalism". Michael Wilson, ARTFORUM, critics' picks, 5 April 2009
Using particular proportions, scale and placement, otherwise 'concrete' forms take on another likeness. It is this transcription of everyday objects, or simulatory likeness, which invites the re-valuation or exchange of certain forms, content and meaning
Activating the tensions that exist between a formalist approach, conceptual content, and referential readings, Contraflow attempts toexamine the polemics around a particular visual language; the symbiotic history of art and design; and the contextual complexity and subtlety of such distinctions.
Matt Henry graduated from Melbourne's RMIT University with an MFA in 2008. Recent solo shows and representation in group/thematic exhibitions include: ART HK10, Hong Kong (2010); Fahrenheit, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (2009); Doppelgänger, Starkwhite (2009); Living Together, Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, City Gallery Wellington (2007); Activating Korea, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (2007); Mostly Harmless: a performance series, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (2006); View, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (2004); and Bloom,High Street Project, Christchurch (2004).
Located in New Zealand on Auckland's Karangahape Road, Starkwhite presents a programme of artists' projects, solo shows, independently curated exhibitions and occasional forays into new music and other interdisciplinary practices. Starkwhite also represents artists from New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific-rim.