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Matthew Sontheimer
at Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Recommendation by Patricia Mora

Matthew Sontheimer, ''Three Season Porch,'' 2012, mixed media on paper, 19 1/4 x 24 1/4''.


Continuing through September 1, 2012

Matthew Sontheimer’s fascination with language is obvious. What’s less fundamental is the insinuated pleasure he takes in the process of excavation. While his earlier work is pared down, his current show flares with more elaborate splendor. His newest works operate as manuscripts interlaced with images taken from popular culture. For instance, a familiar album cover from the bosa nova classic, “Girl from Ipanema,” is used in “Shooting Games.”


He consistently delivers communiqués that delineate the truancy of both internal and external dialogues — including correspondences between the artist (and his art) and the viewer. Add to that the spliced internal moments in the artist’s decision-making process and you have an epistemological potboiler.


Sontheimer definitely explores the capital “C” “In Conversation” (the exhibition's title) and the convoluted manner in which thoughts are verbalized and redacted. However, he also shows viewers the process and places of mental hibernation. Put simply, he focuses on the spots where thoughts untwine. It’s a tangled romp. But Sontheimer is well up to the task. He delivers an intriguing and gently madcap caper that parses how we all operate — artists and civilians alike.

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