Hyland Mather & Evan Hecox
Posted on May 16 2019
Left: Hyland Mather // Right: Evan Hecox
Presenting his first solo show at Paradigm, Hyland Mather’s presents Combiner, an exhibition of newly hand-painted wood and paper assemblages made from discarded found objects. Mather is known to combine aesthetic elements of Bauhaus design and Folk Art. His visually compelling puzzle-like grids of interlocking wooden pieces are unified by painted geometric compositions or three-dimensional string shapes that appear to dance atop the surface. Improvisation is an integral part of Mather’s meditative art-making process, and he intuitively combines disparate materials including wood, paper advertisements, string, acrylic, aerosol, laser engraving, and steel to create precise constructions of intersected lines and geometric shapes imbued with a sense of motion.
Exhibiting side by side with Mather, will be Evan Hecox's first solo presentation with the gallery. Following a successful group show feature in 2016 and a participating artist in Art on Paper New York in 2019, Hecox is bringing his exhibition Future Green to Paradigm. Evan Hecox is a multidisciplinary artist whose imagery incorporates abstraction and realism. Inspired by recent travels to Hong Kong, Hecox’s latest series of vibrant streetscapes combine elements of photography, contemporary urban culture, and 1960s illustration and graphic design. His dynamic paintings on wood are the result of an intensive studio process that begins with photographic snapshots, pen & ink sketches, color studies, and fine line brushwork. Hecox’s keen eye finds poignancy in the decay and detritus of modern cities and his unexpected juxtapositions allow viewers to discover the beauty in their distortions.
Both artists create visually compelling artworks that reflect their inquisitive engagement with the world around them and each artist's distinctively diverse art practices seamlessly complements the other's. Mather’s thoughtfully repurposed constructions find a common linear language with Hecox’s absorbing graphics and layered intersections, both evident in the new works.
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Hyland Mather is an American assemblage artist born in Denver, Colorado. Best known for his use of found materials, Mather collects discarded objects and reassembles them to help them regain purpose. Mather has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and public spaces around the world. Accompanying his studio practice, Mather creates murals and urban art installations in various cities around the United States.
About Evan Hecox
Colorado-based artist Evan Hecox distills the urban environment in his art, transforming the city into graphic elements in prints, drawings, and mixed-media works. With the eye of a cinematographer, Hecox begins by taking photographs; he then selects a single isolated element or scene as a stand-in for a place, carefully curating the details and figures that populate this world. While Hecox often employs strategies from the designer’s toolbox, including embellished text and flat areas of strong color, the artist’s hand is still revealed in his treatment of line and the occasional ink splatters that make their way into his work.
About Paradigm Gallery
Paradigm Gallery + Studio® exhibits contemporary artwork from around the world with a focus on Philadelphia-based artists. Established February 2010, the gallery began as a project between co-founders and curators, Jason Chen and Sara McCorriston, as a space in which to create artwork, to exhibit the work of their peers, and to invite the members of the community to create and collect in a welcoming gallery setting. To this day the gallery still aims to welcome all collectors, from first time to lifelong, and continues to support accessible work that welcomes a wide audience.
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