The Sun Machine is Coming Down
Exhibit dates: October 30 – December 13, 2008
Artist Lecture: October 30, 2008
Redux Contemporary Art Center was proud to present painters Matt Phillips and Josef Kristofoletti for the exhibition The Sun Machine is Coming Down. The artists, who met during graduate school at Boston University in 2005-07, employ a graphic style of painting where the formal qualities of pattern, color and space converge into accessible and humanistic works, offering layers of meaning both visually and conceptually. Object and illusion are at the core of each artist’s respective interest, as they each synthesize information into a graphic language that flattens space and expands time.
Many of Matt Phillips’ paintings were upwards of 18′ in length and filled the interior of Redux, while Josef Kristofoletti was be present at Redux for three weeks prior to the opening, creating a new painting directly on the exterior walls of Redux. This large-scale temporary painting addressed the concept of visualizing the invisible, as Josef created new work referencing the CERN Accelerator, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory for nuclear research.
At the closing of the exhibition, Redux launched a special edition catalog featuring interviews, articles and conversations with each artist, full color images of work featured in The Sun Machine is Coming Down, and other rare selections by the artists and curator. A limited number of the catalogs will be signed by each artist and will contain a special DVD featuring a time-lapse video of Josef Kristofolletti’s new painting at Redux. The catalog was available to the public during a special catalog release event during the last day of the exhibition.