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Alejandra von Hartz Gallery is pleased to announce the two-person exhibition Color Climate: Matthew Deleget / David E. Peterson. The exhibition will feature new abstract painting installations by Brooklyn artist Matthew Deleget and Atlanta artist David E. Peterson. Color Climate will be the artists’ first exhibition with the gallery and it will take place from September 11 to October 30, 2010, with an opening reception on Saturday, September 11, from 7-10 pm.

Matthew Deleget is a conceptual, reductive painter who will present an installation of new Shuffle paintings. Informed by the “shuffle” feature on his iPod, each painting consists of a checkered grid of four colors completely selected at random, producing visual results that vary widely. The gallery walls where his paintings are to be installed will also be painted various colors selected at random. This specific series of paintings, made of acrylic paint, including fluorescent, metallic, and iridescent colors, on thin archival masonite panels, is directly inspired by the legendary salsa ensemble Fania All-Stars. Each painting will pay homage to a specific musician in the group, including Johnny Pacheco, Hector Lavoe, Celia Cruz, Ray Barretto, and Larry Harlow, among others.

David E. Peterson makes rule-based paintings that are informed by high-end industrial design goods, including laptop computers, athletic shoes, men’s fashion, and Modern architecture. For Color Climate, David will present three new suites of paintings from his ongoing Product Abstraction series. The paintings present his investigation into the formal qualities and associated consumer aspirations of three specific lines of designer goods, including Nixon’s Newton watch collection, Asics’ Onitsuka Tiger line of sneakers, and wallets designed by Paul Smith. The individual paintings, made from acrylic and UV resin on MDF and produced in finite series, similar to the design goods themselves, will be installed in large grid formations on the gallery walls. Matthew Deleget
Matthew Deleget (b. 1972) has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, including solo and group exhibitions in Europe, Asia, and Australia. He is a member of American Abstract Artists and has received awards from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, Brooklyn Arts Council, and The Golden Rule Foundation. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Flash Art, Artnet Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Basler Zeitung, among others. In 2003, Matthew founded MINUS SPACE (, a platform for reductive art on the international level based in Brooklyn, NY. He has curated more than two dozen solo and group exhibitions at both MINUS SPACE, as well as other collaborating venues on the national and international levels. Matthew holds an MFA in Painting and an MS in Theory, Criticism and History of Art, Design and Architecture from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. He lives and works in Brooklyn,NY.
David E. Peterson
David E. Peterson (b. 1979) is an abstract painter who has exhibited his work throughout the United States and Europe. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of New Art (Detroit), Progressive Art Collection, Home Depot, and Related Group, among many others. His work has been profiled on, Loft Magazine, Southern Living, CNN, and Detroit Free Press. David holds a BFA from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI, and is currently pursuing his MFA at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. He lives and works in Atlanta, GA.

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