IMAGES: Matt Phillips

A founding member of TSA, a new artist-run space in Bushwick, Matt Phillips cites Alfred Jensen, Marimekko patterns and Gee�s Bend quilts as touchstones for his accident-prone abstractions that combine wobbly geometric shape with distinctive color relationships and casually agitated brushwork.”I�m interested in working with these things that are dumb fundamental components of visual language � the square, the triangle, the octagon, the stuff that is in everyone�s kitchen sink, the stuff that everyone knows,” Phillips told Jennifer Samet in a 2012 conversation on her Beer with a Painter blog. “If you work with simple components, and they all work together to transcend their parts� that�s the magic of painting.”

Matt Phillips, Canadian Sunrise, 2013, pigment and silica binder on canvas, 66 x 54 inches,

Matt Phillips, Revolverlator (Ochre), 2013, silica binder and pigment, and oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches
Matt Phillips, Untitled, 2013, silica binder and pigment, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches.

Matt Phillips, Broken Stirrup, 2013, oil on canvas, 66 x 54 inces.

Matt Phillips at Steven Harvey Fine Arts, installation view.

Matt Phillips: this, and then,” Steven Harvey Fine Arts, Lower East Side, New York, NY. Through April 21, 2013.


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