Iowa Artists 2011: Matt Corones

AUGUST 12 – OCTOBER 2, 2011

Using photography and digital imaging as a starting point, Matt Corones works in a large variety of media, including c-prints, light boxes, fabric patterns, and video. Flowers, bubbles, and the architecture of entertainment (roller coasters and waterslides in particular) appear often in his work, digitally manipulated into perfect, candy-colored shapes. For the Art Center’s presentation, Corones will create two large-scale “stained glass” windows in the museum’s lobby and Pei wing. For each window, Corones will create three patterns, based on photographs of flowers, digitally-created patterns influenced by Middle Eastern decoration and "Matisse Camouflage," a brightly-colored riff on the Modernist master’s cut-paper collages. Each pattern will be printed on large sheets of transparency film, which are then layered on top of one other and adhered to the glass. The resulting effect sparkles with color, light, and a rich depth of imagery that will transform the surrounding space. Corones graduated from the Cooper Union School of Art, New York in 2003. He will receive his M.F.A. from Iowa State University in 2011. He was included in Iowa Artists 2002, and showed at Karolyn Sherwood Gallery, Des Moines in 2004. He lives and works in Ames.

Matt Corones was selected by Laura Burkhalter, associate curator.

Funding for Iowa Artists 2011 is provided by the Peter H. & E. Lucille Gaass Kuyper Foundation; Faegre & Benson LLP; Bank of the West; and KPMG LLP. Publication support provided by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation. Media support provided by The Des Moines Register.

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