THEODORE:ART
56 Bogart St. Brooklyn, NY 11206 • theodoreart@gmail.com • 212.966.4324
Mathew Draper

Matthew Draper, Suitcase, 2010
Matthew Draper – The Lodger

9 October – 14 November 2010

Gallery hours Friday-Sunday 12-6 pm

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“…social despair restores imagination to power within solitary dreams  
—Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life: Living and Cooking

THEODORE:Art presents an exhibition of new work by London-based artist Matthew Draper.  This will be Draper's first solo exhibition in the United States.

Matthew Draper creates tableaux of of quiet uncanny.  Otherwise normal domestic interiors and objects are depicted from strange perspectives; these slight shifts and disorientations reveal hidden terrors and eccentricities.  A kitchen viewed from above is transformed into a labyrinth’s dead-end; a suitcase’s contents cascade into a Busby-Berkley-esque fan.  Long-forgotten fears resurge and long-established certainties break down in a confrontation with everyday realities that have inexplicably acquired a surreal aspect or intensity.

Matthew Draper is a graduate of the Ruskin School of Art at Oxford University and the Royal Academy in the Post-Graduate Fine Arts program. On graduating from the Royal Academy Schools in 2007 he was awarded the St. James Fellowship and in 2008 was selected for the Jerwood Contemporary Painters Prize.  His work has been included in group shows in London and New York, and has been shown in solo exhibitions in Sweden at Brandstrom Stockholm (2008) and in London at Gallery Vela (2010).

For more information and images, please contact:
Stephanie Theodore at 212.966.4324 / theodoreart@gmail.com
or
Luise Kaunert at luisekaunert@gmail.com