Sometimes bigger is better, especially when applied to Matt Magee’s dynamic work about language and sequencing. In his daily studio practice, Magee often creates entire works dedicated to a phrase or word, exploring it’s meaning through a symbolic, almost hieroglyphic visual format. In the first series of lithographs created at Tamarind in 2013, Magee plays with the term “grapheme,” and explains that, “a grapheme is the smallest semantically distinguishing unit in written language, including alphabetic letters, typographic ligatures, Chinese characters, numerical digits, punctuation marks and other individual systems of any of the world’s writing systems”. Earlier this month, Magee returned to Tamarind to reinterpret one of his sketches from the grapheme series in a much larger scale. Wall Grapheme I can be found at the north entrance to Tamarind’s workshop and gallery. A time lapse video of Magee completing Wall Grapheme I is below.
The public is welcome to visit Tamarind, M-F, 9-5. The wall painting is located in the northwest corner, visible from the entrance at Central and Stanford.
New lithographs by Matt Magee are scheduled for release at the end of May and Fall 2016. Magee’s new lithographs will be included in Tamarind’s upcoming exhibition, Color Coded, opening June 17, 2016.