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Matthew Smith “Off” at Limoncello, London

OFF is for turning OFF the noise. It was a suggestion to Matthew, that turning it OFF can be a requisite to enable thinking and making.

“I am making work about things I want to see, about being an observer myself and trying to lose any expectation of what I think anyone else wants to see, or what anyone else is doing.

The most recent work is about visuality, I think. It’s enjoyable to look at. And the fact that the concept goes nowhere only leads you back to enjoying looking at something.

I’m finding a communicative language in which I don’t ask an observer to make minimal gear-shifts in order to understand something; I’m far more interested in the work being exciting. A move away from cerebral / pensive / melancholy / tragic.

But I overlook simple connections in my work that other people spot a mile off. There’s a part of me that will argue until I’m blue in the face that 2 + 2 = 5.

The work does always look simple, reductive, clear and careful, despite the fact that every part of me is trying to make a mess. I don’t know why that always fails. There is, however, an attitude in the work that avoids a certain notion of elegance.”

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at Limoncello, London

until 12 January 2013

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Above – Proper Rigmarole, 2012

Proper Rigmarole, 2012

Be Mysterious, 2012

Proper Rigmarole, 2012

Be Amorous, 2012

Proper Rigmarole, 2012

Digger, 2012

Courtesy: the artist and Limoncello, London / Photos: Ollie Hammick

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