Artists' Fellowship - 2006
Maps have played an important role in my work since 2001. I began using maps as a surrogate for paint and as a way to illuminate the sociopolitical history of my subject matter. I found that with maps I could create conceptual mosaics that integrated mythology with territory by rendering my subjects with the authentic relics of their own timeline. Also, much like an old photograph, a map imparts a visual portal into the past, preserving the manifestation of existence. In the process of embedding maps into my paintings, I create allegorical landscapes that alter the perception of our milieu while archiving it's past transformation.
More about the Artist:
Matthew Cusick was born in New York City in 1970. He graduated from The Cooper Union with a Bachelor of Fine arts in 1993. Cusick's paintings were first exhibited in New York by the Andrew Kreps Gallery in 1997. Since then, he has had solo exhibitions at the Kent Gallery in New York and the Lisa Dent Gallery in San Francisco as well as exhibitions at the Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles and The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. His work has been written about by such notable journals as The New York Times, The New Yorker, The San Francisco Chronicle,The SF Weekly, Time Out Magazine, and ArtKrush.