Westward Basin, 2016

Danae Mattes

Alluvial Maps
November 3 — December 3, 2016

Dolby Chadwick Gallery is pleased to announce Alluvial Maps, an exhibition of new work by Danae Mattes. Mattes’s art presents powerful, absorbing visions of landscapes that have been realized, filtered, and synthesized by the artist and then reworked onto canvas. She writes: “When walking through a landscape, I often find that a wonderful mirroring of myself takes place, as if the very act of movement becomes a gateway, an opening into perception.” Each work serves as fulcrum for the dynamic ecosystems that surround us—the continuously unfolding patterns of life we encounter visually and physically as we move through our worlds, both natural and manmade… read more

Stephen De Staebler, Standing Figure with Ribs & Standing Figure with Missing Hip, 1978

Danae Mattes

Two Geologies: Stephen DeStaebler & Danae Mattes
February 6 — March 1, 2014

Dolby Chadwick Gallery is pleased to announce a two-person exhibition featuring the art of Danae Mattes (b. 1958) and Stephen De Staebler (1933-2011). As evidenced by their shared use of geologic motifs and emphasis on the organic properties of their materials—in this case, clay—both Mattes and De Staebler are deeply inspired by nature and the landscape. Engaging elements of landscape also allows both to ask questions about the human experience and to reflect on the human condition more broadly: how did we get here? Where do we go? As organic matter ourselves, what is our relationship to the rich, elemental body known as Earth? Two Geologies brings Mattes and De Staebler’s art into conversation in order to tease out these questions. While the selected works’ motivating concerns often run parallel to each other—threads that existed even prior to the artists’ marriage—they also occasionally diverge in visceral albeit complementary ways.… read more