Compellingly precise, ripe with unfolding metaphysical lineage, the visual promise of Matthew Pendleton's work is profound.
Matthew grew up around the multidisciplinary practices of his twin and his older brothers; and with no formal education in the arts, Pendleton makes his way and defines his process with focus, commitment, and an abundant investment of time.
Matthew Pendleton's work is a labor of quietness and precision. It can best be described as the physical footprint of a "living meditation."
Pendleton was never interested in the rendering of objects using realism. For him, abstraction is the mystery that comes out of his work; he never knows what a piece will be until it is complete.
Spending months, and even years, of focused attention on each piece, each line gives vitality to the work. He begins each piece with a small, abstract shape against a white paper field.
Slowly, laboriously, he begins to outline the shape with spider-web thin lines. Never-touching and carefully drawn, these lines begin to take on a life of their own as the drawing's topography is revealed.
The lines create a visual echo of the central shape, rippling out in all directions to the edge of the paper, reacting and creating tension within and around each other.
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