The Sun Machine Is Coming Down

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Over the past forty five days, Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, South Carolina has exhibited new paintings by Matt Phillips and Josef Kristofoletti, in a show titled the The Sun Machine Is Coming Down. The exhibition uses the language of geometric abstraction to discuss scientific processes, phenomenological experiences, and the nature of illusion.

The artists, who met in graduate school at Boston University, push the boundaries of pattern, color and space, synthesizing these elements into a formal system of painting which examines the basic building blocks of matter. In an attempt to better understand the world around us, Josef Kristofoletti focused his attention on the CERN particle accelerator, the world’s largest and most expensive laboratory for particle physics. While CERN was preparing for its first ever successful collision, Kristofoletti was creating The Angel of the Higgs Boson, a large-scale painting of a cross section of the CERN accelerator on the outside walls of Redux. The end result was a strikingly bright mural that furthered the dialogue about scale, the tradition of public mural painting and scientific theory. Kristofoletti is currently a part of the mobile living experiment Transit Antenna, offering him the opportunity to create murals across the U.S.

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Inside Redux, are the encompassing paintings of Matt Phillips. Phillips paintings go far beyond the modernist ideals from which they are built. They attempt to simulate situations that speak about the phenomena of deep space, energy transfer and optical illusion. Some of the paintings in the gallery reach 16 ft. in length, and incorporate paint with collage, sewn surfaces and irregularly shaped canvases. Since completing his MFA at BU, Matt Phillips has completed an exhibition with Petra Projects hosted at Mehr Gallery in NYC as well participated in Gangbusters at Plane Space Gallery, also in NYC. The artist currently teaches painting at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.

The exhibition, which was curated by Founder, Seth Curcio, is accompanied with a full color, 50 page catalog documenting the exhibition, including special articles and essays about the artists’ work. A limited edition catalog release event is scheduled for today at Redux and the book will be available for purchase on the site by the end of next week.

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