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Matthew Choberka
updated: 06/04/2010
website: www.matthewchoberka.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Continental
Are You Also Frightened?
Position Paper 55
Position Paper 56
HHG
Big Dipper
Admiral
Mashup
Plume
Position Paper 57
Position Paper 58
Meeting
Below
Position Paper 59
Speed Demon
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, conceptual, political, process
 
 
Continental by Matthew Choberka
Continental
Acrylic, Graphite, Ink on Paper
2010
38" x  50" 
Are You Also Frightened? by Matthew Choberka
Are You Also Frightened?
Acrylic, Graphite, Ink on Paper
2010
50" x  38" 
Position Paper 55 by Matthew Choberka
Position Paper 55
Mixed Media on Paper
2010
30" x  21" 
Position Paper 56 by Matthew Choberka
Position Paper 56
Mixed Media on Paper
2010
30" x  22" 
HHG by Matthew Choberka
HHG
Acrylic, Graphite, Ink on Paper
2009
44" x  30" 
Big Dipper by Matthew Choberka
Big Dipper
Mixed Media on Paper
2009
30" x  22" 
Admiral by Matthew Choberka
Admiral
Mixed Media on Paper
2009
30" x  21" 
Mashup by Matthew Choberka
Mashup
Mixed Media on Paper
2010
30" x  21" 
Plume by Matthew Choberka
Plume
Acrylic, Graphite, Ink on Paper
2010
50" x  38" 
Position Paper 57 by Matthew Choberka
Position Paper 57
Acrylic, Graphite, Ink on Paper
2009
30" x  21" 
Position Paper 58 by Matthew Choberka
Position Paper 58
Acrylic, Graphite, Ink on Paper
2009
30" x  21" 
Meeting by Matthew Choberka
Meeting
Mixed Media on Paper
2009
30" x  21" 
Below by Matthew Choberka
Below
Acrylic, Graphite, Ink on Paper
2009
44" x  30" 
Position Paper 59 by Matthew Choberka
Position Paper 59
Acrylic, Graphite, Ink on Paper
2009
30" x  21" 
Speed Demon by Matthew Choberka
Speed Demon
Mixed Media on Paper
2009
30" x  21" 

Artist Statement
Matthew Choberka
Artist Statement on “Position Papers”            


    This current body of work, “Position Papers”, engages the instability and complexity of the contemporary world, by way of a serial approach to the image that hybridizes the languages of drawing and painting. The images are autonomous, whole on their own terms, and yet function together in a de-centered dialogue, maybe even an argument, in which structures fight for stability within fields of color and light, forms emerge and wane, in a search for a language to embody the world. My address to the issues of power, conflict, and uncertainty are, and must be, allusive and metaphoric, as well as discursive.

    Incorporating ink, graphite, colored pencil, and acrylic paint on paper, and predicated on an interplay between abstraction and representation, the pictures are as dependent upon the sense of touch as on the faculty of sight. The abrasive movement of the pen, the rhythmic buildup a pencil marks, and the sweep of the brush condition the realization of the image. In this sense I feel my way through the pictures. Found within these movements are echoes of war, and though the pictures are far from overtly political, they have become filled with my unease with the world that I face, and that my children will inherit. Fundamentally, the content of my work has become an attempt to find a place for myself in the world. Emotions like apprehension and anger, tempered with a kind of hopefulness have informed recent works. I work to confront both my identification with humanity, and my (sometime) dissatisfaction with it.

    Equally interesting to me in these new works are the ways in which they assert both affirmation and negation. The images seem to follow a progression, but they do not comprise a narrative. Forms gesture and move, but they are not figures. Spaces can be navigated and lived in, but they correspond to no known place. What emerges finally is not representation, but presentation, pictures of that which could not be seen in any other way.  

Artist Bio / CV
Assistant Professor of Art - Department of Visual Arts
Weber State University

Represented by Beaux-art des Ameriques, Montreal, Quebec

Education

2003-2005    Indiana University, Bloomington
        Hope School of Fine Arts
        Master of Fine Arts- Painting, 2005
1994-1997    New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture
Painting and Drawing Certificate, 1997
1997        Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin, Germany, Klasse Kuno Gonschior
Chosen for International Exchange Program
1990-1993    Columbia College Chicago  
Bachelor of Arts Degree, Honors, Photography and Printmaking, 1993

Selected Exhibitions
(* Indicates solo exhibition)

2009        Open City, New York Studio School 2009 Alumni Exhibition, Juror: Sean Scully, New             York Studio School, New York
        The Truth of Abstraction, Patrick Moore Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
        Utah Ties, Juror: Shane McAdams, Associate Director, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York,             Central Utah Art Center, Ephraim, Utah
        *New Allegory, Central Utah Art Center, Ephraim, Utah
        *Matthew Choberka, Finch Lane Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah        

2008        Small Works Exhibition, Collins Lefebvre Stoneberger Fine Art of the Americas,             Montreal, Quebec    
        Coming to Terms with Life, Collins Lefebvre Stoneberger Fine Art of the Americas,             Montreal, Quebec
        One Day, Ruschman Gallery, Indianapolis, Indiana

2007        *Matthew Choberka, Raid FC, Los Angeles, October 2007
        Bombay Dreams, Salt Lake Art Center, Summer 2007
        PostModern Utah, Curated by Jim Edwards, Salt Lake Art Center, Utah
        Evidence: Matthew Choberka, Monika del Bosque, Larry Clarkson, and Jen Morris,             Dee Shaw Gallery, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah

2006        Faculty Exhibition, Shaw Gallery, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah
        Holiday Group Exhibition, Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
        Seekers and Visions, Gallery 181, Lawrence, Massachusetts
        Eclipse: The Hidden Light, Caladan Gallery, Beverly, Massachusetts

2005        Faculty Exhibition, Shaw Gallery, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah
Recent Work, Thesis Exhibition, Sofa Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington
Printmaking Exhibition, Fuller Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington
Painting Exhibition, MFA Painters, SOFA Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington