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Matthew Cusick  Dallas, TX

Inlaid maps, acrylic on panel
Inlaid maps on panel

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About Matthew

Matthew Cusick was born in New York City in 1970 and graduated from The Cooper Union with a BFA in 1993. His work has been exhibited internationally since 1996, including New York City gallery shows at Andrew Kreps, Kent, and Pavel Zoubok. Cusick was the recipient of a NYFA painting fellowship in 2006 and The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art residency fellowship in 2008. He has been a visiting artist and lecturer at The Cooper Union and at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His work is held in numerous public and private collections including the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art and the Progressive Art Collection.

Cusick lets his work be guided by his various materials: maps, atlases, encyclopedias and school textbooks. “I like to catalog, archive, and arrange information and then dismantle, manipulate, and reconfigure it. I use maps as a surrogate for paint and as a way to expand the limits of representational painting. Through a process of cutting up and reassembling fragments of maps from different places and times, I am attempting a more complete representation of an existence, one that incorporates the geographical and historical timelines of that existence within the matrix of its image.”

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Dennis Ammann

Owner, 5 Pieces Gallery

"Matthew has a very interesting way of work, he meticulously slices segments of antiquated cartographic works including those of old encyclopedias, textbooks, roadmaps, and atlases in order to layer small clippings into lively, familiar forms of humans, animals, water and landforms. I just adore this contrast of order and chaos."

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"great nudes"

"Page très intéressante !"

"wow I love nudes"


"I had a persistent nightmare for my entire childhood and youth. Little me standing on a beach at night and a giant wave rises in the darkness out of nothing. It is crushing against the cliffs, the entire shore - and washing over me and I die. Imagine Hugo's "Ma destinée"...and NOW: Consolation, Rhythym, Life.... - Matthew: Your waves just make me happy! Thank you!"

"its heavy"

"Fantastic use of cartography. Kudos to the artist."


"you're right..this is REAL ART!!! amazing and super duper creative!!! i can't even imagine thinking of something so creative AND putting it all together...such a creative challenge!!! very well done!!!"

"Todo lo relacionado con el arte me apasiona . gracias por las imágenes."

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