October 16, 2018
Press Release - Matthew Kluber 'No Place Like Utopia'

No Place Like Utopia 

October 19 - November 18, 2018 
Opening Reception: Sunday, October 21, 2018, 3:00 - 7:00 PM

David Richard Gallery, LLC 
211 East 121 ST | New York, NY 10035
P: (212) 882-1705

David Richard Gallery is pleased to announce No Place Like Utopia, Matthew Kluber’s third solo exhibition with the Gallery and his first solo exhibition in New York. The presentation will include new and recent paintings, opening October 19, 2018 with an artist reception on Sunday, October 21, 2018 3:00 - 7:00 PM at the gallery’s ground floor exhibition space in East Harlem at 211 East 121 ST, New York, New York 10025. The exhibition will remain on view through November 18, 2018.

The slow-moving paintings of Matthew Kluber are hybrids, realized at the interface of two very differ media comprised of a bold geometric painting on an aluminum support and a unique digital projection onto that support. The digital imagery is generated from Kluber’s own computer programs that allow him to generate many layers of imagery and encode variables that make subtle shifts and changes in the speed, direction, duration and length of various segments while maintaining the controlled program, compositional elements and color palettes. The result is a hypnotic, kinetic and perceptual experience that never ends, slowly evolving and morphing from one image to the next. The projection is not a video nor a repeating loop, it is continuously generated directly from Kluber’s custom software. Another great feature of this work is that when the projection is switched off via remote control, then a stunning geometric painting remains prominently on the wall. In addition to two new projections and custom imagery, Kluber is debuting a new larger format measuring five feet tall by 10 feet wide.

Kluber’s work reads like a compression of post-1960s abstraction. References include color theory and Color Field painting with early influences of Kenneth Noland, Morris Louis and Gene Davis and their use of subtractive color. There are clearly references to the Light and Space movement with inspiration from the transformational work of Robert Irwin, James Turrell and Dan Flavin and their exploration of additive color from diverse light sources. Together, the two historical movements noted above also echo an important feature of art that emerged during the 1960s and 70s – a combination of traditional artmaking (canvas and pigment) with technology (electricity, light and new materials as supports) as well as new concepts of what constitutes art (transforming a space with light). Kluber also references the intense exploration of visual perception and optical art with the trippy patterns and migrations of forms and color across his paintings like a light show. 

About Matthew Kluber:

Kluber received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from the University of Iowa. His thirty-year career has seen his work exhibited in galleries and museums from New York to Shanghai. His work can be found in public and private collections including The Austin Museum of Art, the Des Moines Art Center, the Portland Art Museum, the Figge Art Museum and the Thoma Art Foundation in Chicago, among others.

About David Richard Gallery:

Since its inception in 2010, David Richard Gallery has produced museum quality exhibitions that feature Post War abstraction in the US. The presentations have addressed specific decades and geographies as well as certain movements and tendencies. While the gallery has long been recognized as an important proponent of post-1960s abstraction—including both the influential pioneers as well as a younger generation of practitioners in this field— in keeping with this spirit of nurture and development the gallery also presents established and very new artists who embrace more gestural and representational approaches to the making of art as well as young emerging artists.

In 2015 David Richard Gallery launched DR Projects to provide a platform for artists of all stripes—international, national, local, emerging and established—to present special solo projects or to participate in unique collaborations or thematic exhibitions. The goal is to offer a fresh look at contemporary art practice from a broad spectrum of artists and presentations. The Gallery opened a second location in New York in 2017. 

Associated Artist

Associated Exhibitions

Associated News

  • October 16, 2018

  • November 2, 2018

  • October 29, 2018

News Archive

March 16, 2019
August 29, 2015
July 16, 2015
February 24, 2015
February 19, 2015
January 16, 2015
October 18, 2014
June 1, 2014
April 30, 2014
April 1, 2014
March 28, 2014
March 19, 2014
March 6, 2014
March 1, 2014
February 15, 2014
January 31, 2014
October 18, 2013
October 8, 2013
September 12, 2013
December 18, 2012
September 26, 2012
May 31, 2012
September 21, 2011
June 20, 2011
David Richard Gallery, LLC

211 East 121st Street, New York, NY 10035 | p (212) 882-1705
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday | 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. Sunday or by appointment

Santa Fe, NM | p (505) 983-9555 | by appointment