.T.F.R. Gallery presents Fiction Alters Form, featuring artists Joshua Miller, Matt Rich, and Joe Yorty. In selecting Matt Rich and Joe Yorty for the exhibition, Joshua Miller (who we asked to choose work to be put in relation to his) wanted to consider the ways in which symmetries of form gave way to asymmetries of intention. Formally, all three artists conflate expectations of two and three dimensional space, painting and sculpture, surface and volume. However, beyond those formal congruencies, the material choices, vantage point, and intention of each artist diverges. Matt Rich’s cut-paper paintings explore the language of abstraction, using subtle shifts in color and texture, the assembled works create tensions between flatness and depth, representation and non-representation. Joe Yorty, on the other hand, is invested in deciphering and re-contextualizing consumer taste. He employs formal genres --such as high-minimalism or trompe l'oeil-- as an act of quota- tion and as an entryway through which the viewer can reconsider the domestic. Miller's work is invested in the exploration of painting, sculpture and folk aesthetics. Through a process of assemblage and hybridization, he creates works that have one foot in the avante-garde and one in tradition. Fiction Alters Form explores the relationship between artists' output and their objectives.
Matt Rich was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and is currently living in San Diego, Califor- nia. His paintings and sculptures have been featured in solo exhibitions at Samsøn in Boston, devening projects+editions in Chicago, The Suburban in Oak Park, IL, Project Row Houses in Houston, and Halsey McKay in East Hampton, NY. Rich's paintings have been featured in group exhibitions at the ICA/Boston, DODGEgallery and BravinLee Programs in New York and Baer Ridgway Exhibition in San Francisco. His work has been reviewed in Artforum, Modern Painters and Art Papers. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and has received fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Founda- tion and the Terra Foundation for the Arts.
Joe Yorty was born and raised in the southwest corner of the state of Utah and spent his junior high and high school years in Escondido, California. Much of the time betweenthen and now is filled with almost eleven years of service in the U.S. Navy. Currently, Joe is gainfully employed by the Department of Art, Architecture + Art History at the University of San Diego as their Facilities Manager. There he is generously provided with a studio where he engages in the development of an art practice that meaningfully integrates his obsession with second-hand shopping. He completed a MFA in Visual Art at University of California, San Diego in 2012.
Joshua Miller was born in Fort Collins, Colorado and has been a San Diego resident off and on since 1987. He received his BFA in Sculpture from the University of California, Los Anglees, an is currently pursuing his MFA in painting from University of California, San Diego.