Healing With Wounds - Matthew Stone - Somerset House
Healing With Wounds took place at Somerset House, London in 2016 as part of Utopian Voices - Here & Now.
In 2004 Matthew Stone was instrumental in founding the Peckham-based squat-art collective !WOWOW!, a creative network which he presented as a multi-author artwork. Photographic works, and video documentation of the performances he has staged since that point are exhibited here amongst a new series of paintings titled Healing With Wounds. Shown together, these works reveal Matthew Stone’s ongoing engagements with the body and the complexities of collaboration that can be traced through his photography, performance and abstract pieces into these new painterly works.
Healing With Wounds uses CGI techniques to combine the hand-painted abstract brushstrokes and staged photography found in his earlier work. The series offers a new technical approach to traditional painting, showing diverse bodies at play and in conflict.
Stone states “These new works divert from my previous, purely optimistic imaginings of neutral utopias. Aiming to recognise both the difficulties of and inherent potential for; mutual and interdependent types of societal healing.”