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Matthew Saba

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In Matt Saba’s still life painting, “Hawkins,” a purple cabbage rests in a green bowl, surrounded by empty glass bottles. The cabbage, however, is merely a suggestion; the bowl is barely there, more of a wisp of what could be and the bottles, well, they’re simply dissolving into the ether. “In my painting, I try to elevate ordinary objects to heavenly levels of majesty,” said Saba of the mystical edginess of his approach. Yes, he’s using real objects that, as he puts it, lack contrivance, however, when placed in spiraling arrangements and painted with a lightness that is at once revealing and obscuring it makes the viewer reconsider the ordinary, indeed, reconsider one’s own perception. “It is in a way,” he said, “the personification of time, in my eyes.”

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