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I AM A NO by Matthew Boulay, Mix Media on Canvas, 30x48
Solo Exhibition
January 13 - 27, 2018
Opening Reception 
Saturday, January 20, 5:00-7:00pm
Meet the Artist @ Opening Reception
Artist Talk and Intro @ 6:00pm
The paintings in this series reflect the collective ambivalence that I see in today’s body politic. The materials I use are real: paper milled from the discarded uniforms of soldiers, chalk that crumbles and falls away from the canvas, and frames crafted from wood that is splintered, rotten and repurposed. These paintings are meant to be bold, messy and complicated. Willamette University curator Jonathan Bucci describes my work in this way: "In his process-driven art, Boulay uses art historical and literary references to create artworks that engage the deeply relevant issues of political dialog in contemporary American society.” I would only add that we stand on the shoulders of giants and the references that I make in this series – to the striking sanitation workers in Memphis and to the genius of Glenn Ligon – are meant to be honorific and respectful.
Matthew Boulay (b. 1970, Arizona) lives and works in Salem, Oregon. Boulay’s work is typified by his exploration of issues such as collective memory and the experience of war, and his use of materials that are tactile and complicated. He works in multiple media, including painting and large-scale installations, and frequently engages in inter-textuality with other works from the visual arts, literature, and history. He has shown in venues across the country and has studied in Baltimore, New York and Madrid. He holds a PhD from Columbia University’s Teachers College, led the Campaign for a New G.I. Bill, and is the founder of the non-profit National Summer Learning Association.
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