Matthew Larson’s practice, a highly unique variation on weaving, uses mass-produced and commonly available materials such as acrylic and wool fiber, and velcro. Following a labor-intensive process developed by the artist, Larson embeds individual strands of fiber into velcro mounted on linen, which he then stretches over a panel. Through controlled use of line, he achieves precise patterns and striations of color and texture. Optically, these works appear to follow a traditional warp and weft structure, but are built on a single plane. Larson’s process defies categorization, transitioning between drawing, painting, sculpture, and weaving. His systematic layering conceals the artist’s hand while revealing the impactful, yet subtle, nature of the works.
Matthew Larson (b. 1982) received his BFA in painting in 2006 from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His work has been exhibited in group and solo shows nationally and internationally, including in Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; East Hampton, NY; Marfa, TX; Denver, CO; and Milan, Italy. Larson’s work was shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver in the 2006 exhibition Extended Remix and again at the museum in 2019 in the exhibition Nth Dimension.