Nov 21st 2021

Matt Irie: Arresting Gestures

@ Evanston Art Center

1717 Central St, Evanston, IL 60201

Opening Sunday, November 21st, from 1PM - 4PM

On view through Sunday, December 19th

EXHIBITION DATES: November 20 – December 19, 2021
OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday, November 21, 2021 from 1–4pm | Register today!
GALLERY HOURS: Monday¬¬–Friday, 1pm–6pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9am–4pm


The Evanston Art Center is pleased to invite the public to the opening of Matt Irie: Arresting Gestures!

Matt Irie’s paintings are constructed with drips of house paint collaged on panel. Irie builds compositions through layering scribbled marks influenced by naïve drawings and abstract gestures. Through the manipulation of texture, layering, and color, painted surfaces are created that must be viewed at a distance and through close inspection. Irie’s work interrogates the space between the real and the simulated, the arbitrary and the intentional, and the ironic and sincere. He is interested in the interplay of marks that are energetic and joyful that also function as a lie.

Matt Irie received his MFA from Northwestern University, Evanston (2002). Irie completed a permanent commission for the Chicago Public Libraries in 2005. He participated in the Luleá Art Biennial, Luleá, Sweden (2009) and was included in Double Take, a public exhibition of site-specific sculptural works funded by The Public Art Fund at MetroTech, Brooklyn, NY (2010). In 2011 he had solo exhibitions at The Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, WI and Ebersmoore Gallery, Chicago, IL. In 2012 & 2013 Irie was included in two-person exhibitions at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, TX and Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL. Most recently Irie’s work was included in group exhibitions at Alan Koppel Gallery, Chicago, IL and SUPERDUTCHESS, New York, NY.

Matt Irie: Arresting Gestures will be on display in the Evanston Art Center’s Second Floor Gallery + Atrium from November 20 – December 19, 2021. The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public. The exhibition is partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Evanston Art Center, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, is dedicated to fostering the appreciation and expression of the arts among diverse audiences. The Art Center offers extensive and innovative instruction in broad areas of artistic endeavor through classes, exhibitions, interactive arts activities, and community outreach initiatives.

Evanston Art Center is located at 1717 Central Street, Evanston, IL. Evanston Art Center Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday, 1pm–6pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9am–4pm. First and second floor gallery spaces are accessible. Limited free parking is available.

Due to COVID-19 protocol, when arriving at the EAC during our Gallery Hours, all visitors are required to wear face masks. Please adhere to 6′ social distancing requirements when in the gallery space.

For more information, please visit us online at or contact Cara Feeney, Director of Exhibitions, at (847) 475-5300 or Visit the Evanston Art Center on Facebook:, follow us on Twitter:!/evartcenter, or on Instagram: @EvanstonArtCenter.


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