Kavi Gupta presents Negroland: A Landscape of Desires, a solo exhibition of new paintings and ceramics by Haitian-born, Montreal-based artist Manuel Mathieu.
Mathieu’s practice is guided by intuition and the unknown as much as by intellect and memory. He sees the artist’s studio as crucible—a container in which forces and pressures are exerted to transform materials and ideas. The work is not the end of the process; rather, it creates the circumstances for connections, perspectives, and relationships to come into being.
His latest abstract paintings and ceramic sculptures mobilize materiality and form as a means to embrace, and express, the messiness of desire. The works feel both intimate and universal, connecting Mathieu’s personal sensibilities with a sense of history and an awareness of the current global conversation surrounding identity, sexuality, and spirit.
Manuel Mathieu, Resilience – A Landscape of Desire, 2020. Fabric, ink, and dust, 80 x 110 x 3 in