Strange Shapes of the Unwarped Primal World
Works by Matt Kish
Friday, September 8 | 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, September 9 | noon to 4 p.m.
Before I was able to read, I understood that images could tell a story, and in some cases they could communicate more forcefully and more truly than the words on a page. Every book or story I have ever read has played itself out in the theater of my mind as a long series of vivid images. I literally “see” what I am reading, perhaps even more than I “read” the text I am seeing. For most of my life, there has been an unavoidable compulsion to give these inner visions some kind of reality, to take the stories I see in my mind and put them down on paper in ink and in paint. These drawings and paintings, alchemical images borne of everything I have ever seen and read and remembered, show you my life and my experiences as a reader of stories.
Matt Kish is a self-taught artist, and a librarian. He has been drawing since before he could read, and has never stopped. He has published Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page (Tin House Books, 2011) and illustrated Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, The Alligators of Abraham by Robert Kloss, The Desert Places by Amber Sparks & Robert Kloss, and The Revelator by Robert Kloss. His art has also appeared in the magazines The Chicagoan, Salt Hill Journal, The Turnip Truck(s), and the Japanese art and literature journal Monkey. Last year his work was the subject of a large two artist exhibit at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati titled Chasing the Whale and Other Endless Pursuits: Matt Kish and Robert Del Tredici. He is currently at work re-copying the entire text of Herman Melville's short novel Benito Cereno while also illustrating every page as well as creating an original painting for each of the 184 named dead in Homer's epic poem The Iliad.