ADAPTATION X MATT MCCORMICK
Matt McCormick (b. 1987) is a multimedia artist, whose artwork assimilates a diversity of cultural influences from the American West into an artistic vision that is as unique and dynamic as the topography itself. Within McCormick’s body of work, seemingly incompatible elements cohabitate with ease- reflecting the multitudinous and often conflicting histories of California, McCormick’s home state. Here, as in his paintings and drawings, nostalgia for a fabled past abuts the realities of poverty and strife that confront him daily in Downtown Los Angeles and New York City, where his studios are located. The artist embraces these gritty aspects as equally formative and integral to the Golden State as the homestead towns, gold rush bonanzas and 1920s Hollywood glamour that captivate our popular imagination. McCormick’s art embodies the true spirit of California, replete with renegades, risk takers and outlaws. Surveying his body of work, one encounters cowboys depicted in loose flurries of colored pencil, as if etched in sand by desert winds, that recall the icons of Spaghetti westerns and Marlboro advertisements; monochromatic waves that evoke the natural beauty of the California coast and the surf culture that it spawned, rendered with formal restraint and austerity; as well as gang members and drug addicts.