November 19th, 2019

Matthew Chambers, Brian Lotti at The Newsstand Project

Matthew Chambers

Artist: Matthew Chambers, Brian Lotti

Venue: The Newsstand Project, Los Angeles

Exhibition Title: A.M. ALE

Date: October 12 – November 2, 2019

Note: The press release in its original formatting can be downloaded here.

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Brian Lotti


Matthew Chambers



Images courtesy of The Newsstand Project, Los Angeles

Press Release:

To whom it may concern,

Brian Lotti and I are having a 2-person exhibition at The Newsstand Project.
AM Ale was a fake beer advertisement on Saturday Night Live. It was a beer for workers (not derelicts) to kick off their workday. After coffee but before clocking in, a beer for all those who “can’t wait until afternoon”.
I’ve had the pleasure of having Brian stay and make art with me in Montana. I’ve seen how he does it, what makes him tick, and I know what his secret sauce is. In terms of art-making, Lotti just “can’t wait until afternoon.” He needs to make the art. He believes in it, and I’m the same way.
Brian is showing a series of oil on paper monotypes of tennis matches. They’re great; he’s developed a vibrant language in his monotypes where he can suspend most of his painting concerns and just play with color and form. I use my drawings to suspend my painting concerns too. I try to never think about if I’m making “art”, I have a goal/use-value in mind for the works in creation, in this instance: I was trying to explain the plots of A Taxing Woman and L’argent to a neighbor and needed visual aids, and then I work on it a second time to resolve it visually or in terms of “art”. When we make these respective works: after coffee and before clocking in to our painting concerns you get to see the true artist, the one in service of “art-making”, and probably at our most joyful.
Stay curious, ask questions, stay focused, tread lightly, enjoy!
Matthew Chambers

Matthew Chambers (b. 1982) draws inspiration from pop culture, art history, and pastoral Montana, where he lives. With a diverse set of references, ranging from the Looney Tunes, to past conversations, and colorful floral arrangements, Chambers’ figurations address the mundane with a balance of reverie and wit. Buttressing them are a series of large abstractions constructed using strips of painted, but discarded canvas. Working with muted and saturated tones, Chambers understands the panels as formal abstractions of his reference matter. Chambers received his MFA from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, CA in 2006. Recent solo exhibitions include Crazy Horse West, Marinaro, New York NY (2019); Montana Wildflowers as I Imagine I’ll See in the Spring, Praz-Delavallade, Los Angeles, CA (2017); Henry Taylor/Matthew Chambers, Rental Gallery, East Hampton, NY (2017).

Brian Lotti (b. 1972) is a Brooklyn-based painter. He often sketches in plein-air and uses swaths of vibrant color, quick staccatos, and heavy impasto strokes to construct color-blocked architectures, figures, and horizons that tease out the dynamism of atmosphere, light, and movement. Lotti’s longtime career in skateboarding as a professional rider and filmmaker has fostered a hypersensitivity to the street as an aesthetic subject pregnant with physical, sensual, and emotional depth. He uses expressionist and impressionist techniques to describe the fleeting, dynamic, and visceral experiences of pervading urban landscapes. The artist graduated with a BA from San Francisco State University in 1998 and has since exhibited in the United States and around the world.

Link: Matthew Chambers, Brian Lotti at The Newsstand Project

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