Monday, March 26, 2012

Installation View: 9 Snapshots of Hans Schmitt-Matzen's 'Anthology' at Cheekwood

Posted By on Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 3:05 PM

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Don't tell my mom, but one time a friend and I took drugs and went to The Met, and we took turns running across the gallery with our heads turned, watching the colors of this Ellsworth Kelly painting series as they passed us by.

That's what Hans Schmitt-Matzen's "Anthology" painting at Cheekwood reminded me of — it's a similar color spectrum, but it's also kind of psychedelic. The multicolored spines of library books are oversized and staggered, like a rhythmic visual pulse that can make you feel claustrophobic in the comparatively tiny gallery space. It's too much to take in all at once from such a close perspective — that's what makes this installation of the piece so perfect. It's a single painting that fills up the space so completely that you have to divide it into sections (or run fast enough to make it blur) in order to see the whole thing.

I took some photos while I was there — all of which ended up being detail shots because, like I said, the piece was too big to fit in a single frame from inside the gallery. M Kelley wrote a review of the piece in Art Now Nashville, and you can view the full painting there. The work is up at Cheekwood through Sept. 3.

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