Matt Bollinger is portray and animating fantasy and fact, concurrently. The people themselves feel to be in a suspended state of reflection and dreaming, an escape but a person that isn’t quite visualized or understood. When we have identified as Bollinger a excellent American painter in the past, or a excellent American storyteller, it was typically for what was off-the-canvas to what every single character was looking at. Are they seeing a landscape they do not identify or 1 that they in fact realize far as well well? I believe that is what moves me about Bollinger’s paintings: there is a sadness and honesty mainly because what we see in entrance of us is a reality we cannot fathom to reckon or have denied.
These are performing class Individuals, but also a dialogue about what occurs after perform. Off Peak, his new demonstrate at mother’s tankstation in Dublin, Eire, could be identified as “off hours.” The vacant storefront, filling up the tank at the fuel station, the burning a pile of rubbish in the yard, it all feels like a second exactly where time is standing still and time is flying by. It is really all so believable and yet each individual person in the painting feels transfixed by a little something just also far absent to absolutely see. It feels like the fantastic American tale for 2022. —Evan Pricco