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Published on Jun 1, 2014
May 30, 2014, reception at Winchester Cultural Center
Matthew Couper Horror Vacui A synthetic display of various contextual aesthetics in relation to the vampiric attributes of Las Vegas. Winchester Cultural Center Gallery May 27- July 18, 2014 Reception May 30, 5:30-7:30pm
Las Vegas-based artist Matthew Couper presents a multi-disciplinary exhibition featuring paintings, sculpture, digital projects and performance that link together personalities, architecture and forms that relate to the intensely visual experience of the city.
Matthew Couper was born in New Zealand and is based in Las Vegas after immigrating to the USA in 2010. His practice over the past decade has appropriated aspects of western Art History including Trecento, Quattrocento and the Baroque. Through these painterly investigations, he discovered that history oft repeats and helped him determine that the Modernist notions of originality held little interest for his practice. Couper uses the established narrative traditions of Spanish Colonial retablos and ex-votos to discuss the space between myth, religion and art politics. He recently stated that 'like any good Johnny Cash, Nick Cave or Pixies song, you've got to have sex, death and religion fueling the fire'. The complex aesthetics of the city of Las Vegas have come to the fore in Couper's recent practice over the last three years, culminating in this exhibition.