Between the Interference and the Message

Between the Interference and the Message

Jan 15 – Feb 27, 2016


Chicago, IL

1992 Master of Fine Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL,
1988 Bachelor of Arts in Art Education, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2016 Recent Works by Mattew Girson,THE MISSION, Chicago, IL
2014 The Painter’s Other Library, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
2011 Neither Plenitude nor Vacancy, INOVA, Milwaukee, WI
2008 Deep, Dark, Rowland Contemporary, NEXT ART FAIR, Chicago, IL
2007 The Pillow and the Painting, Rowland Contemporary, Chicago, IL
2006 …even in a Room Full of Darkness, Mary and Leigh Block Museum, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Satellites & Scotomas, After and Above, Sonnenschein Gallery, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL
(blanc), The Suburban, Oak Park, IL

Selected Group Exhibitions
2014 Dallas Biennial 2014
2013 Ornament, Riverside Art Center, Riverside, IL
Streamlines: Ephemeral Presence in Contemporary Art, Sakyadhita International Conference, Majaprajati Vihar, Vaishali, India
Structures for Reading: Text, (Infra)Structure, and the Reading Body in Contemporary Art, Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL
Art Matter, DesignCloud, Chicago, IL
Ex. 11, Brazos Gallery, Richland College, Dallas, TX
2012 Gallery as Host, University of Texas, Dallas, TX
Dallas Biennial 2012
2010 Faculty Exhibition, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL.
2009 The Sleep (of Reason Produces Monsters, I Think), The Poor Farm, Waupaca County, WI
Because the Night, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, CA
2007-08 The New Authentics: Artists of the Post-Jewish Generation, Spertus Museum of Judaica, Chicago, IL
2005 Situational Painting: Matthew Girson, Scott Short, Scott Stack, Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL
Faculty Exhibition, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL
The Limits of Representation, Janette Kennedy Gallery, University of Texas, Dallas, TX

2014 Author/Director, Dear Poet…All Light: Reading from the Correspondence between Paul Celan and Nellie Sachs, Chicago Cultural Center, sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, performed by Jeannie Affelder and George Booker on Monday, July 14, 2014 and Saturday, July 26, 2014

Selected Grants and Fellowships
2014 Illinois Arts Council Project Grant, Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, IL
2013 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Summer Research Stipend, DePaul University
2013 University Research Council Grant, DePaul University
2010 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Summer Research Stipend, DePaul University
2008 University Research Council Grant, Research Travel to Rome, DePaul University
College of Arts and Sciences Summer Research Stipend, DePaul University
2007 University Research Council Grant, Project Development, DePaul University
2006 Illinois Arts Council Agency Project Grant
2005 University Research Council Grant, Exhibition Catalog for Satellites and Scotomas, DePaul University

Selected Bibliography
2014 Foumberg, Jason. “Critic’s Pick: Matthew Girson: Chicago Cultural Center”, Artforum
Grabner, Michelle. “Atlas Chicago: The People’s Palace,” Art in America, October, pp.67-69
Harris, Anne, “Seeing Slowly in Dark Light,”, Bad at Sports
McKean, Lise, “Beyond Darkness: Works by Matthew Girson at the Chicago Cultural Center,” Exhibition Catalog
Pocaro, Alan, “Review: Matthew Girson/Chicago Cultural Center,”, NewCity
2013 McKean, Lise, “Streamlines: Ephemeral Presence in Contemporary Art”, Exhibition Catalog
Bailey, Richard, “Ex. 11”, Glasstire
Steeves, H. Peter, “Gone, Missing,” Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, v. 46, n. 3 (Sept. 2013): 1-26
2009 Grabner, Michelle, et al. Can I Come Over to Your House: The First Ten Years of the Suburban 1999-2009, Manawa: The Poor Farm Press
2007 Gunn, Dan. “Tip of the Week”, NewCity, Chicago, Thursday, December 27
Snodgrass, Susan, “Matthew Girson at Sonnenschein Gallery, Lake Forest College”, Art in America, No. 1, January
Boris, Staci, et al. The New Authentics: Artists of the Post-Jewish Generation, Spertus Museum of Judaica, Chicago, IL
2006 Loerzel, Robert. “Oak Park Artist Turns Space Into Camera,” The Oak Leaves, Wednesday, November 8
Steeves, H. Peter. “Matthew Girson’s Gone Missing,” Matthew Girson: Recent Paintings: Satellites, Scotomas, After and Above, Self-Published
2005 Molon, Dominic, Situational Painting,” Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage

Selected Publications
2012 Girson, Matthew, “Reflections, Traditions and Representations from a Painting Studio,” Lessons and Legacies XII, ed. Sarah Horowitz, Holocaust Educational Foundation and Northwestern University, Evanston
2011 Girson, Matthew, “Bill Conger”, Chicago, Exhibition Catalogue, DePaul Art Museum
2004 “I Collude Therefore I Am,” Catalogue Essay for “The New Collusion,” Chicago Cultural Center