On September 8th, Matt Eaton will return to 323East for his second solo exhibition - an eagerly awaited show with the delightfully ironic title “Useless Advice from a Stranger”.
We use the word ironic in this instance because this talented man is hardly a stranger to the Detroit art scene and his focused advice has been anything but useless. Over the past year, Eaton has been the chief curator and driving force behind Red Bull's House of Art - a task which finds him mentoring dozens of local artists and drawing national attention to our city's creative energy. Indeed, if getting dubbed "the curator of curators" from his peers is any indication, Eaton has already earned an estimable niche in our community. In addition to that accomplishment, he has also succeeded in enlisting over 30 international artists to paint more than 60 murals throughout Detroit and Hamtramck neighborhoods.
Befitting the originality of his talent, Matt Eaton is not the easiest artist to bracket or place within a particular genre. He is a master of abstract visuals, using the often overlooked elements of everyday existence to fashion works of subtle charm and undeniable beauty. However, an Eaton painting is anything but passive. His canvases have a muted boldness with lines and colors that seem to coil their strength until they become visible to the eyes of a patient viewer. Think of a charge of dynamite or gunpowder carefully primed for a fuse; the explosion comes when you catch the hitherto undetected fire beneath the cool surface. Eaton is always suggesting that we look and look closely at everything. That's pretty valuable advice.
Be sure to check out the video below
The show is free and open to the public.
323 E. 4th St
Royal Oak, MI 48067
248-246-9544 / http://323east.com
Artists reception September 8th 2012 - 6-11pm
On Display from September 8th - October 10th
Matt Eaton - Useless Advice From A Stranger from 1xRUN on Vimeo.