Matthew F Fisher | Black Water Don't Shine like the Moon

Matthew F Fisher  Black Water Don’t Shine Like the Moon

JANUARY 31 - FEBRUARY 22 2015

SARDINE is pleased to present Black Water Don’t Shine Like the Moon, a solo exhibition of drawings by Matthew F Fisher. It opens Saturday, Jan. 31st, with an opening reception from 6 to 9 pm. It will be open through Sunday, February 22, 2015.

This show brings together a group of drawings that are the soul of Fisher’s artistic process. Completed over the past few years, they reveal a time when Fisher finds his voice amidst the elements of land, sea, and sky. Combining ink and collage on book pages with hand-made or found frames, the simplest forms become timeless deliberations on existence. With all the beauty and heart one can muster, real, ideal and everything in-between, exist simultaneously.

From the artist, Jan. 6, 2015: ...Drawings happen and are forgotten. Only to be remembered later. A nod before the wink. These forgotten moments, documents of a day's past, often act like bridges to the paintings. With the paintings, every action, decision, is over-thought. Drawing is truly the shortest distance from artist's hand to artist's mind. Even though my drawing process can be slow - they can easily linger for weeks, months, years, in various states - the idea is translated through movement, a record of that exact moment. Drawings often feel like a road map to my thoughts. This comfort of being in an unfinished state allows the drawings to be a marker of where I have been and a guidance of where I might want to go...

Matthew F. Fisher lives and works in Brooklyn and completed his MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000. He has showed widely in NYC and across the country. This includes solo exhibitions at Ampersand Gallery, ADA Gallery, Mulherin + Pollard Projects, University of the Arts, and RARE Gallery. He has been in group shows at Novella Gallery, Brian Morris Gallery, and Sarah Lawrence College. His work was selected for inclusion in New American Paintings Northeast Issue #116 - 2015. His show, The World Outside, also featuring Ryan Schneider, opens on Jan. 24 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.