Dripping paint in every direction, Matt Irie’s densely constructed paintings occupy a disorienting space between traditions of geometric painting and surreal installation.  The illusion of conflicting gravity created by Irie’s craft, in which marks are made by the application of individual and multi-directional paint drips, presents each narrative according to optical effect. Where the grid is employed one way, nests of marks accelerate the eye into depths of overlapping lines; but when the paintings flatten, the history of Irie’s engagement with fleeting surrealism is on physical display. Flickering between illusions of deep vertigo and telling phenomena of construction, Irie’s paintings function as historical palindromes, working in both directions to engage their viewer as something more than real.

 

-Steve Ruiz