Friday, December 26, 2014

The Self Improvement Alphabet @ The Cornell Museum

The entire Self Improvement Alphabet on view at The Cornell Museum, Delray Beach, Florida (thru March 2015).   The 26 letters from Academy to Kidnapping to Marriage to Zero Hour. Photo: Jordan Wolf, courtesy, The Cornell Museum.

Contact: Self Improvement Alphabet if you are interested in purchasing the work, or want to see a particular letter up close.  More views, below. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

On Language: The Self Improvement Alphabet at The Cornell Museum, Delray Beach, Florida

This is a major collage work of mine and soon to be a limited edition book (2015).
The entire Self Improvement Alphabet is for sale. 

Contact: Self Improvement Alphabet and I will put you in contact with the right folks.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Immaculate Perception, Baby Blue, 2014: Print

Matthew Rose, Immaculate Perception, Baby Blue, 2014.  (210 mm × 280 mm or 8.27 in × 11.02 in). Edition number, price and availability to be announced. Printed on acid free high-quality cotton rag fine art paper.  Please contact for all details: IP BABY BLUE.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Paris FIAC? Lost For Words - Matthew Rose at The BRKLYN

Sin, collage on canvas, 40 x 40 cm. 2006. 

All FIAC'd out? Need a drink? Lost For Words and exhibition of collages, objects and astuces takes place during FIAC Week in Paris at The BRLYN, 58 Rue Quincampoix 75004 Paris, right around the corner from the Pompidou. Have a drink at this great watering hole and see: Lost For Words.

Contact: Lost For Words.

Friday, October 17, 2014

One Thousand Queens Named Marcel

Part of the installation of One Thousand Queens, Rijeka, Croatia, October 2014, One Thousand Queens Named Marcel was made in Croatia for the exhibition.  Article on the exhibition from Novilist.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014



Installation shots ...   Lost For Words, an exhibition of Collages, Objets # Astuces.  The BRKLYN ... 58 Rue Quincampoix 75004 Paris. Through the November 30 2014.  If you would like a checklist of the exhibition with prices (PDF), high resolution images, sizes of works and other details, please contact: Lost For Words.

Photo: © Canadian Dan 2014 All Rights Reserved, Man.

Poster and details : Lost For Words / Matthew Rose.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Uncouth Vermouth: Perfect Friends at The Mason Jar

Above: Five of more than a half dozen seasonal flavors of Uncouth Vermouth, with my collage works serving up full on branding for the Brooklyn-based vermouth maker Bianca Miraglia.  New (not pictured) is Wildflower and over the next few weeks a hopped up vermouth that smacks of IPA!

More than 20 collage works in large format prints are on view at Uncouth Vermouth's new tasting room in Red Hook, Bklyn.  Interested in the prints? Connect: Uncouth Vermouth.  See them, buy them, enjoy some vermouth!

An article on our collaboration appeared in The Mason Jar.  Read the article on  a perfect collaboration: The Mason Jar - Seasonality to Surrealism.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Lost For Words: Opening 4 October, Paris at The BKLYN

Exhibition opens 4 October (Nuit Blanche) ... Download and print this high-resolution  poster (A3 and larger).  LOST FOR WORDS POSTER LINK. Bring it to the show and I'll sign it for you.  I will have about 20 signed posters at the exhibition if you'd like one.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Rubens Rounding Third, 2014, River Mill Art Gallery NJ

Rubens Rounding Third, print, edition: 11, 2014. Each printed 14 x 18 inches; Ilford Gallerie Pearl Satin paper.  Signed and dated on back (adhesive sticker).

Available exclusively: River Mill Art Gallery, 504 North Ave East, Westfield, NJ 07090.  Contact : Michael Chan, Director.   River Mill also has a small number of signed and dated Rubens Rounding Third A3-sized stamp sheets, edition 1000.  Ask Michael about them. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014

ROUGE, 1993

ROUGE, 1993.  Collage on bottles.  Exhibited over the years in Paris and Berlin and London. Photo in my studio by Cecil Touchon.  Click on the image to enlarge.

Saturday, June 7, 2014


Bianca Miraglia, creator of Brooklyn-based Uncouth Vermouth, takes to tee vee's Arise Entertainment to talk about her special blend of locally produced (Red Hook, Brooklyn) vermouth, and show off my A Perfect Friend labels for her Vermouth. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014


A KICK IN THE KUNST : Installation, Drawings. Galerie Rossella Junck, Augustrasse, Berlin, 2008.  Some of these drawings are available.  Contact : KICK.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

From Ordinary To Extraordinary: Paper As Art at The Cornell Museum of Art - 23 May - 24 Aug 2014

Curated by Melanie Johanson, From Ordinary To Extraordinary: Paper As Art at The Cornell Museum of Art & American Culture - 23 May - 24 Aug 2014 at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts.  Link to exhibition and info: Cornell Museum.  

This premiere exhibit features approximately 75 exquisite works by 16 artists, who have been featured in galleries around the world. The artists in the show all use paper in one form or another to unfold a visual and narrative that is particular, enticing and extremely rare in these days of digital everything.  Cutting, scratching, painting, sewing, wrapping and gluing all come together in what is clearly a well imagined exhibition.

Four works of mine are on view at the Cornell Museum in Delray Beach: Moneygram (2013), Second Nature (2009, 12:05 (2003) and Letters Home (2013).  My work here is represented by Converge Gallery of Williamsport, PA.

Several of the pieces were on view at my wall to wall exhibition, The Letters in the summer of 2013.  A full catalog (PDF) is available here: The Letters.

These works each have a story that might prove interesting.  Here is a  little bit about each:

Left: Letters Home; right, Second Nature, exhibition view, Cornell Museum, Delray Beach, FL

 1. MONEY GRAM: From  The Letters exhibition in 2013, "Money Gram" is a sewn together "collage" of currencies real and antique, a global note on bank notes that takes a hint from Warhol's dollar signs but conceptually calculates not only the many hands in the art game, but the international tenor of the market place. The "gram" rubber stamped and then monogrammed onto the work indicates (beyond the pun) that it was mailed (or wired). Money in the mail from the world over. Calculating the face and current value of the currencies is part of the work as the values change; money is a changing asset, and sometimes valuable sometimes worthless. 

2. SECOND NATURE: A classic collage work that brings together favorite subjects : women playing at being women, wearing masks and dancing to the male gaze. The elements of "Second Nature" all come from vintage 1950s Swiss lifestyle weeklies the artist bought at a massive street fair in Geneva. 

3. 12:05. I've always been attracted to 1930s surrealism and this piece combines a few elements into a simple gesture that talks about time and timelessness, motion and stillness. There's a dash of de Chirico in here and while the boat is not the Titanic, it might as well be.  The collage has been featured in a half dozen magazines and books. 

Right: 12:05, collage on board, exhibition view.

4. LETTERS HOME: This work consists of the envelopes of letters sent by a young French soldier (in 1948) from Algiers to his parents in Paris. I discovered them in an old warehouse junk store, bundled together and unloved and immediately I saw the piece unfold before my eyes for my The Letters exhibition: Letters Home. 

The letters reported his daily routine and were sent like clockwork over a period of two years. I was moved by their unconscious boredom. My guess is this was the first time he was away from home, but also serving the French army in a hot spot colony of North Africa. I created a grid of them and asked my local seamstress here in Paris, Madame Yann, if she would sew them together following my chalk drawing of a house. She did and even obliged me by signing the back of the work (in Chinese). 

All enquiries : Casey Gleghorn at Converge Gallery.   Press: Sun-Sentinel Article.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

SO, Collage on Wood Construction, 2000

SO, collage on wood construction, 2000. With two swinging doors. 65 x 65 cm (not including the doors). Made for a wedding that went bust. How prescient.  Interested? Contact: SO.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Letters: The Catalog [Free To Download]

 Installation View, The Letters, July - August 2013. Converge Gallery, Williamsport, PA.

See the entire exhibition with an interactive PDF catalog of The Letters.  The catalog is free to download, click here: The Letters.  For prices, please contact the gallery.

Saturday, March 8, 2014


Converge Gallery booth with my works on board and canvas 12:05, top, and Breathless, bottom.  Visible: Works by Anthony Cervino (left), sculptures by  Chad Andrews, and (right) book sculptures by Ekaterina Panikanova More here:

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Fantasy : Musée Magazine

Musée Magazine published a few works of mine in their "Fantasy" issue (No. 108), this winter, featuring several emerging artists.  The three pieces were all collage works on paper including Immaculate Perception, Days Like These and A Perfect Friend, the latter two images of books of collages of the same name.  I was asked about the relationship of photography to my work but that text was not published. My response was directed more towards current work but it applies to these works as well as they implicate and recycle photography in different ways.  

On Photography & Collage

I’m not a photographer.  But some years ago I developed some double exposures from a cheap plastic camera – the images I discovered were accidents – the film did not advance as it should have. I’d printed out a contact sheet, and had a half dozen produced large and in color. Prior to that I’d taken a photograph of my niece. She was a baby, sitting on the kitchen floor playing with bowls and spoons. I printed the photo and then cut out her silhouette, which flattened all her features.  Some thought the “baby” was a “thalidomide” baby.  That silhouette formed the basis of a collage series that spanned nearly 10 years – I used the silhouette as a kind of light to illuminate other images and surfaces; it shaped ideas, and gave a supra-impression of  a full range of ideas, extending even to mosaics and sculpture. 

As I’ve expanded my range of collage subjects and techniques, the photograph has become a support in many interesting ways.  For one I’ve come to regard most magazine images I use – as well as photocopies – as photographs. I find myself intrigued with the magazine and vintage book papers these images are printed on. All printed material, particularly pre-1960, offer rich image possibilities due to the printing technology used. I cut and alter these images, sometimes using paint, sometimes sandpaper, sometimes water. I will sometimes turn them to undecipherable bits; other times using fragments in combination with others – scratching their color away. I’m interested in all sorts of photographed and printed images, and can sometimes hunt for bits of red or blue or yellow for a specific work, combining it so the results are often abstract. Usually the pieces, particularly in the more recent Suicide Specials launch a distilled but many-faceted narrative.

Other works, however, are extremely direct and employ only a handful of elements. I seek out photographs of objects or people that have, with their vintage printing and papers, a faraway, often nostalgic feel.  I’ve come to view photography as something – anything actually – that has been reproduced mechanically using optics and printing technology. And I’ve no issues with reprinting images using my own store of vintage papers – some virgin some already printed.  

Prints for the Immaculate Perception (the girl in the lemon tree) work are still available via Keep Calm Gallery in London, UK.  Click here to see them: Immaculate Perception Keep Calm.