Infinite Views: Matthew Willie Garcia
Sept 3 – Sept 24| Opening Reception: September 3, 1 – 9pm
Japanese Woodcut Demonstration: September 3, 3 – 4pm
COOP Gallery is pleased to present Infinite Views by Matthew Willie Garcia. Infinite Views is a series of works that strives to explore the ineffable qualities of the universe and what it means to be intrinsically tied to every aspect of existence. The exhibition draws from ideas of quantum mechanics, cosmology and astrophysics to speculate about our place in the universe. Garcia uses Mokuhanga, Japanese woodblock printing, to ask questions of the universe that might not have straightforward answers. Infinite Views is a nod to Katsushika Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series and an acknowledgement that there are an endless amount of questions to be asked and grappled with about all aspects of existence and our universe.
Infinite Views is Garcia’s first exhibition in Nashville, and the artist will be present at the opening reception and presenting a demonstration of his Japanese Woodcut techniques, Mokuhanga, at the beginning of the opening.
More about the Artist
Matthew Willie Garcia is a printmaker whose work moves far beyond the traditional print media, which includes screen printing, Mokuhanga, projection-mapping, animation, and large-scale installation. Drawing on his love of science and science fiction, Garcia explore his queer existence and the unknowable qualities of the universe. Garcia uses his knowledge of printmaking to explore these themes through color abstraction, the graphic image, and nonrepresentational forms.
Garcia is a California-born printmaker who is currently living and working in Kansas City, MO and Lawrence, KS. He received his B.F.A. in Printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute and his M.F.A. from the University of Kansas. Recent exhibitions include Queer Abstraction at the Nerman Contemporary Museum of Art, Star Children at the Bradbury Art Museum, and Immersive at the Des Moines Arts Center. His work has also been shown internationally as part of Sumi-Fusion Mokuhanga exhibition in Nara, Japan and Garcia has been shortlisted for the 2022 On Paper exhibition in Barcelona, Spain. Garcia is currently the Studio Manager at the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, KS.