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Matt Connors, Picture Corners, 2010, oil, acrylic, colored pencil on canvas, 27 1/8 x 27 1/8".

Matt Connors

CANADA

Matt Connors, Picture Corners, 2010, oil, acrylic, colored pencil on canvas, 27 1/8 x 27 1/8".

YOU DON'T KNOW: As the eponym for Matt Connors’s sophomore show at Canada and the subject of a large-scale photograph therein, this plaintive slogan reverberated through the process-conscious abstractions on view. It was culled from a protest placard spied in a British documentary about 1970s progressive rock and—like so much of prog rock’s esoteric subject matter and often fantastic lyrics—bespeaks an antiauthoritarian sentiment lodged in the chasm between ’60s utopianism and what came after (the “hangover we exist in today, in our post heroic state,” according to the press materials). Yet the phrase resonates at the level of subtext more than of form, since Connors seems to go out of his way to make clear the reasoning behind his compositional choices and the exigencies occasioned by their execution, whether through cockeyed figures, over-painted designs, or rings left

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