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Ames artist Matt Corones to exhibit mixed-media work Dec. 22 – Jan. 20 at ISU Design on Main Gallery

December 07, 2015


"Blue Sky Rain Ryder" (52 x 40, interference paint on inkjet transparency, 2015) by Matt Corones.

AMES, Iowa — Ames artist and Iowa State University alumnus Matt Corones will exhibit new work Dec. 22, 2015, through Jan. 20, 2016, at the ISU Design on Main Gallery, 203 Main St. in downtown Ames.

Corones' "Hyperreal Oculus" exhibition will explore imagery that merges design ideas from multiple cultures, including Persian miniatures and Eastern complex geometry and patterning. The show will feature inkjet transparencies with iridescent interference paint, custom textiles embellished with fluorescent acrylic paint and an interactive video installation.

"Dark Night Ryder" (52 x 90, acrylic on satin fabric, 2015) by Matt Corones.

An opening reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22. A closing reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20. Hours will be noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and private tours will be available by appointment.

Corones, who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Cooper Union, New York City, in 2003 and a Master of Fine Art in integrated visual arts from Iowa State in 2012, hopes to convey the dynamic abilities of art with his project.

"Art can be fun and serious, complex and simple, colorful and dynamic," Corones said. "Color and sense are far more complicated than can be described in words."

On one side of the gallery, Corones will display large-format transparencies with a central horse-and-rider figure passing through geometric backgrounds, which he achieved using a fill technique.

"The transparencies look metallic and change color when viewed from different angles," he said.

On the other side of the gallery will be large-format textiles with acrylic images applied with a stencil, then splatter painted.

"The rider image in these works is seen flying through a light and dark blue, day and night sky background," Corones said.

Corones created his textile pieces on Spoonflower, a design-your-own fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap online shop, then painted hearts and starbursts and splattered paint on the fabric to add depth to the printed design.

In addition to the transparencies and textiles, an interactive video installation "will color code motion through transparent overlays," Corones said, which will allow viewers to see their own image in colorized motion.

Matthew Corones, Artist, (515) 233-3843,
Jaden Urbi, College of Design Communications,
Heather Sauer, College of Design Communications, (515) 294-9289,