Matthew Dennison
Commensalism
May 3 - May 28, 2016

Matthew Dennison

Froelick Gallery presents Portland-based painter Matthew Dennison's eleventh solo exhibition with us. Titled Commensalism, which refers to symbiotic relationships between species, these canvases depict iconic animal and human types in fluid oil colors punctuated by the graphic pop of sharp, taped-off edges and shimmering waves of tinted varnish.

Dennison's human figures stare glassily, looking uncomfortable or oblivious, dressed in stiff corporate attire at times augmented with eccentric touches such as a green hood or tall, blue hip waders. His animals, conversely, exude nobility. Bear, elk, mountain goat, beaver- all species native to the Pacific Northwest- pause before the viewer, wise-eyed and knowing. Other paintings have a more narrative bent- in one, figures wander down a city street sparsely adorned with bare trees and geometric color swatches as a trio of crows circle overhead; in another, people run from a harrowing scene in which buildings burn and the streets and sky seem to flow with lava; in yet another, bathers recline on rocks as an orca breaches the water's surface behind them. Reflecting the artist's deep environmental and social concerns, he warns of the imminent danger of climate change and of human encroachment on the natural world.

Vestibule Indagnation
40 x 30 inches
SOLD
 
Vestibule Ulotrichus
20 x 16 inches
$1,800  
Vestibule Ontogeny
48 x 48 inches
$6,500  
Vestibule Reticulate
18 x 24 inches
SOLD
 
Vestibule Verse of Epilimnion
18 x 18 inches
$1,800  
Vestibule Ursidae
16 x 16 inches
SOLD
 
Vestibule Epilimnion
24 x 30 inches
$3,000  
Vestibule Edward Goss
20 x 13 inches
$1,500  
Vestibule Over Index
24 x 16.5 inches
SOLD
 
Vestibule Troglodytic
24 x 18 inches
$1,800  
Vestibule Ruth Coat
24 x 18 inches
$1,800  
Vestibule Indusium Cloak
20 x 14 inches
$1,500  
Vestibule Royinfield
20 x 13.5 inches
$1,300  
Vestibule Mogiphomia
23.5 x 18 inches
$1,800  
Vestibule Vitalism
24 x 18 inches
$1,800  
Vestibule Polyhedral
24 x 18 inches
SOLD
 
Vestibule Saviture
19.5 x 13 inches
$1,300  
Vestibule Land Cell
60 x 48 inches
$7,000  
Vestibule Homoestasis
20 x 14 inches
$1,500  
Vestibule Ensonity
20 x 13.5 inches
SOLD
 
Vestibule Riverine
20 x 13 inches
SOLD
 
Vestibule Envoy
19.5 x 13 inches
$1,300  
Vestibule Turgid Volume
24 x 18 inches
$1,800