Wayne Matthews exhibition / Tonic showroom

August 01, 2015

“Passages back to the Old world” consists of 19 Woodcut collages by artist Wayne Matthews. Please come visit the Tonic showroom to view the new exciting exhibition that opened today and runs until the 30th of September.

Synopsis by the Artist:

Adom Apop Apep

Eva rejoiced no less than Adams’id

when decovered I the Sneke in the garden did…..

L’édition Arrière: Ingress at the other end.

“Someone had left it more permeable then when I last was here.”[1]

As a parody of a title I once scribbled the words “Trojan Whorse” and then I added with a titter, “to be reared from the view”. With a simpleton’s rgegnition the implications, the accord struck betweem letters/words, objects and materials was made clear and also the novel triviality of it.

At the other end I could hear gnawin; an ineptly affixed jaw assimilated the eschewed words making it part of her, there was an exchange between what layed beyond her (the work), the title, a frame and things framed (she had no conventional frame).

Surely I, in my artist guise, have certain vacillating intentions when producing any given work. Flipping through the dog eared pages that allow for glimpses into a possible future, a subsequint page imposing itself momentarily on the present, a number or a syllable, finding meaning in the little imaginary arabesque patterns traced in sand by someone hanging from a gallows. I may contribute to its textures, to the texs, condensing and compressing signs, adding differences and deferences . Once the object , through whatever forces conspired to put it there, is ‘given’ the participant/viewer has to ‘rear’ the object/image, by whatever means they have at their disposal, in order to make it an object of significance..

Duchamp mentions, in reference to his Large Glass’s crack,s a ready-made intention…the cracks unintentionally expressing an unconsidered objective but an intension that the artist none the less appropriates as his own. The question of artist’s statement is then a question to be answered by a spectator, as I understand it.

[1] De Selby, Golden Hours. 1st ed. with the two last pages missing.


All the Brothers of the Glorious Co. & R.A.N. are Sisters. ‘14 / Woodcut Collage – 56 h x 62 w cm (framed)
All the Brothers of the Glorious Co. & R.A.N. are Sisters. ‘14 / Woodcut Collage – 56 h x 62 w cm (framed)



Terpekelos; an excoriated allegory ’14 / Woodcut Collage – 31 x 42 cm
Terpekelos; an excoriated allegory ’14 / Woodcut Collage – 31 x 42 cm



Under cover of White ’14 / Woodcut Collage – 31 x 42 cm
Under cover of White ’14 / Woodcut Collage – 31 x 42 cm



Voluntary exiles -The Butcher, Baker,… ’15 / Woodcut Collage – 31 x 42 cm
Voluntary exiles -The Butcher, Baker,… ’15 / Woodcut Collage – 31 x 42 cm



Alamut – Bethelm – Ch. De Silling. ‘15 / Woodcut Collage – 61 x 62 cm
Alamut – Bethelm – Ch. De Silling. ‘15 / Woodcut Collage – 61 x 62 cm



Panacea Plonk; not the Tragos. / Woodcut Collage – 29.7 x 21 cm
Panacea Plonk; not the Tragos. / Woodcut Collage – 29.7 x 21 cm



Pertinax rests, the 87th day. “15 / Woodcut Collage – 25 x 43 cm
Pertinax rests, the 87th day. “15 / Woodcut Collage – 25 x 43 cm



The Penultimate Supper. ‘14 / Woodcut Collage – 30 x 42 cm
The Penultimate Supper. ‘14 / Woodcut Collage – 30 x 42 cm