Caleb De Jong interviews painter Matthew Neil Gehring about his work on the occasion of the exhibition Matthew Neil Gehring: Brilliant Corners, on view at the Dishman Art Museum, Beaumont, TX, through April 30, 2013.
Gehring comments: "I think that there is a great freedom within a focused practice and the parameters of my natural tendencies, tendencies that have been with me since my earliest work... In many ways, I began as a student with a primary interest in formal work, and I have loved reductive abstract painting and sculpture for as long as I can remember. The new paintings here in Beaumont are formal and they are focused in an extended investigation of a small number of variables and relationships. I am interested in making relatively small moves, where in the past I felt compelled to make significant shifts, large conceptual declarations, from piece to piece."