Matthew J McConville

This group combines traditional still life painting and landscape. The landscape images are sometimes borrowed directly from 19th Century paintings by artists such as Frederic Church and Albert Bierstadt. These are incorporated into a small domestic space. The starting point was the thought that while we still place great value on the original paintings, they represent a view of the world that is anachronistic. For the Hudson River School generation the wilderness was certainly a place to visit, but the work of human civilization was always under threat from chaotic natural forces that would undo all of the hard work of building a habitable environment. Our conception of largely undisturbed tracts of land is that they represent a fragile order that is under threat from excessive human encroachment. We have become the chaotic force, and those endless landscapes appear very finite to us. Other themes include the commodification of landscape and our ability to ignore context when looking at something.