Launch date: December 1, 2012
Launch time: 7pm EST
Destination: To the conclusion or the beginning of worlds.
It is Dan Matutina (twistedfork), the traveler, who from his frantic sketching while on the journey to space, created these physical memories of what he had seen and what he had experienced.
At the Pablo Gallery, last 1st of December, Dan invited us to take a quick trip with him Into Space. A follower of the designer, I was surprised to see ultra-minimalist works with extreme play on lights and shadows; it’s quite a deviation from his textured geometry we are all used to. His installations are something else that caught me pleasantly off-guard.
“Dan explores the element of space, as one of the components of design encapsulated within a story that takes him to outer space. He opens the exhibit with his story of a hero off to see the conclusion or the beginning of worlds… and be in awe of a rare opportunity presented to him. The illuminated sculptures act as bookcases to the story. The breaking and the shattering into pieces is a metaphor that shines a light to the unknown.”
Dan sets aside his digital and texture-heavy illustrations to try his hand on serigraph against the natural texture of watercolor paper. The result is the strange, almost cathartic terrain of the worlds he witnessed.
Memories, imagination, and fiction push us to create. Just as the traveler was, we, too, should be filled with curiosity and go on a sojourn to witness all the possibilities to what is and what will be—or what could be.
It was a humble first solo exhibit from Dan, with good friends and good people to share the night with. He was also giving away silkscreen posters he made himself.
It is intriguing to be part of Dan’s process, but it’s one I would definitely keep an eye on. In the mean time, I’ll enjoy this poster, and his current works.
Photos by Kit Singson
Additional photos from Dan Matutina’s blog
Kit of The Girls’ Room