Matthew Deleget: Interview

Installation view of Matthew Deleget: Pictures at an Exhibition, The Cress Galle
Installation view of Matthew Deleget: Pictures at an Exhibition, The Cress Gallery of Art, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (courtesy of the artist)

Matthew Deleget discussses his conceptual approach to abstract painting with Zachary Keeting and Christopher Joy.

Deleget comments: "I'm coming at painting, at abstraction, with this perspective that anything's possible at this point. Nothing is over. 'It's all been said an done.' - I don't believe any of that. Painting's been around for 40,000 years, abstract painting in particular... Consolidating and reducing is a strategy I'm interested in. Unlike a lot of other painters, I'm not working in the studio trying to develop a signature vocabulary... How do you do that as an artist when the entire art world now is so commercially driven and so object-based, and so brand name… where it's so totally about identifying the maker and the object… the value associated with that… coming at it as a painter… from an abstract painting perspective in New York City, where painting reigns supreme."

Matthew Deleget: Pictures at an Exhibition is on view at Cress Gallery of Art, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, on view through December 7, 2012.