Solo at Arden Gallery, Boston. Click pic for more info
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A book to mark 10 years of the ongoing "Silk Road" series, with installation views and review excerpts. Click pic to view
Recent: "The Onward of Art," NYC
Installation view of the large 80th Anniversary Exhibition of American Abstract Artists, "The Onward of Art," curated by Karen Wilkin, at the UBS Gallery, 1285 Sixth Avenue, New York City. Click pic for a link to my blog, which has more info, plus links to James Panero review and catalog
"Territory of Abstraction"
This 11-artist exhibition, at Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia in 2015 considered reductive abstraction in its various forms. Click pic for my walk-through of the show
Jerry Cullum describes this 2015 group show at the Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta,as "best experienced as a single extraordinary installation before it is contemplated in terms of individual works. But this is a hard trick to pull off: We’re presented with too many individually distracting tours de force." Click pic for my walk-through, which contains a link to Cullum's review
"The Silk Road Paintings"
This wall of paintings was shown in 2015 at Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, New York. Click pic for info
At the Cape Cod Museum of Art, this 2015 exhibition of six painters, curated by Sarah Hinckley, considered the role of location to abstraction. Click pic for the exhibition website
"A Few Conversations About Color"
My 2015 curated exhibition of seven artists whose work engages in a chromatic discourse, at dm contemorary, New York City. Click pic for a walk-through of the show and info, including link to an online catalogue
"Organic to Geometric"
"Organic to Geometric: Investigations in Structure and Surface," a 19-artist exhibition curated by Carol Pelletier, took place in 2015 at the Heftler Visiting Artist Gallery of Endicott Collegelic in Beverly, Mass. Click pic for link to online catalog of the show. Photo: Cherie Mittenthal
Doppler Shift, curated by Mary Birmingham, at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey, Summit, in 2014 featured 26 artists who use geometry and color to explore the illusion of difference between two- and three-dimensional space. Click pic to view catalog. Here, my "Chromatic Geometry 21," 2014, encaustic on panel, 12 x 12 inches
Montclair Art Museum
My painting, "Cera 20," 1995, encaustic on canvas over panel, 18 x 18 inches, was included in "Patterns, Systems, Structures: Abstraction in American Art," curated by Gail Stavitsky, at the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, New Jersey. The exhibition was curated from work in the permanent collection. From left: Louise Nevelson, Jasper Johns (top center), my painting bottom right; Paul Ru
Cape Cod Museum of Art
"Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic," curated by Michael Giaquinto in 2013. Foreground: my painting, "Rummu," 2011, encaustic on panel, 32 x 32 inches. Click pic to view entire catalog online
Online at Geoform.net
This and other work is online at Geoform.net, a curatorial resource of work in the geometric idiom. Above Ciel Rouge, 2008, encaustic on four panels, 48 x 67 inches. Click pic to access the Geoform site
Recent Acquisition: New Britain Museum of American Art
"Uttar 267," 2006, encaustic on panel, 36 x 36 inches, was recently acquired by the New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut
Cick pic for more, including "Textility" at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey, co-curated my Mary Birmingham and myself
"Super Saturated: Pigment and Pattern"
Curated by Kenise Barnes, this 14-artist, 56-work exhibition took place in 2012, at the Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, New York. Click pic for PDF catalog
Aqua Art, Miami
December 2, 2011: “ . . . stand-out exhibits at Aqua included . . . the funky abstractionist stable of Conrad Wilde Gallery of Tucson, Arizona, amongst them the sensual encaustic monochromes of Joanne Mattera and the biomorphic reliefs of Ruth Hiller."--David Cohen, artcritical.com. Click pic for entire review. Above: John Dempcy, Hiller, Mattera
Viewing Room: Heidi Cho Gallery
Four paintings from my Silk Road series were in the Viewing Room at the Heidi Cho Gallery in New York City in November and December. Click pic for info on a recent blog post.
The Pull portfolio, published by the Marcia Wood Gallery, is on exhibition through November 18 in Atlanta. Artists in the portfolio are Kim Anno, Kate Javens, Tim McDowell, Don Pollack, Katherine Taylor and myself. Click pic for review in Culture Surfing. Scroll down the sidebar for my report of the process, as well as links to the current show
A limited-edition portfolio published by the Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, at Connecticut College, New London, with master printer Tim McDowell. Printmakers include Kim Anno, Kate Javens, myself, McDowell, Don Pollack and Katherine Taylor. Above, my print "Soie," from an edition of 30. Click pic for an account of the process
Review: Cate McQuaid on "Contemplating the Horizontal" at Arden, from The Boston Globe, 12.17.08
"Her new 'Vicolo' series features layers of sprightly toned pigment. Each is opaque, but Mattera makes dozens of horizontal gullies, deftly revealing puddles of bright color in the interstices. They read like blinds through which mysterious, swimming landscapes glow." Above: "Vicolo 53," 2008, 36 x 36 inches, encaustic on panel. To read more, click on pics above and below
Review: Shawn Hill on "Contemplating the Horizontal," at Arden from Berkshire Fine Arts, 12.27.08
"Contemplating the Horizontal" features stripes that manage to retain strict geometry while never forgetting the gestural touch of the artist's hand, especially in a subtractive sub-series where wax is scraped away in horizontal bands to reveal underlying layers of color and texture. While most of her panels are square, the show doesn't lack for variety or vibrant color." Above: "Vicolo 40," 2008, 12 x 12 inches, encaustic on panel
Installation view: Adler & Co., San Francisco, 2008
The gallery recently moved from Post Street to 77 Geary. That's my grid of 16 Silk Road paintings in the new space
Installation view: OK Harris Gallery, New York City, 2007
Long wall with a row of paintings from my solo show, "Silk Road." Because of the luminous nature of the paint and the surface grid suggestive of woven fabric, the series found its own name. I’ve limned each painting to charge the intensity of its color field and, I hope, to spark the eye so that it travels from painting to painting on a small visual journey of its own.
Installation view: Atlanta lobby, 2005
This painting, Uttar 240, ( encaustic on four panels, 48 x 67 inches) was acquired from the Marcia Wood Gallery by Mark Williams Design, Atlanta