Pregnant Pause

September 6- October 1, 2017

Preview: Wednesday, September 6, 6-8pm

Opening Reception: Friday, September 8, 6-8pm

37th Hour, 2017, oil stick on canvas, 72 x 58 inches


MULHERIN NEW YORK  is pleased to present Pregnant Pause, a solo exhibition of paintings by Matt Kleberg. This will be the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.

"In these recent paintings, invented architectural facades provide stages for potential inhabitants. The compositions of the paintings often mimic the immediate environment in Brooklyn: mundane architecture along the daily walk from apartment to studio, punctuated by quirky embellishments- the Ark of Salvation church with the giant blue door, Navy Yard buildings with obsessively bricked archways, mechanic shops on Waverly that look like castles.

The various iterations reestablish this space, drawing from architectural embellishments, as well as textiles, Byzantine iconography, and modernist painting. The flattened and irrational spaces echo the strangeness and mystery of icons, while wonky lines expose a flimsiness and uncertainty in the structure. Over the past year, the anticipatory space of the paintings was paralleled by the expectation of a new baby." - Matt Kleberg, 2017


Matt Kleberg (b.1985, Kingsville TX) received his BA from the University of Virginia in 2008 and his MFA from the Pratt Institute in 2015. Recent exhibitions include Mulherin New York (NY); Schema Projects (NY); Morgan Lehman Gallery (NY); Johansson Projects (CA); Hiram Butler Gallery (TX); and San Antonio Museum of Art. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail, Painting is Dead, Artsy, Vice, ArtDaily, New American Paintings, and Artillery Magazine. His work is included in public and private collections including the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Williams College Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Kleberg lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Waylon's Prism,2017, oil stick on canvas, 76 x 58 inches

 He Who Wakes When the Fever Spikes,2017, oil stick on canvas, 72 x 58 inches

Nine Pound Hammer, 2017, oil stick on canvas, 60 x 48 inches SOLD

 Taci's Beyti Mix Plate, 2017,  oil and oil stick on canvas, 44 x 36 inches SOLD

Big Star Falling, 2017, acrylic and oil stick on canvas,100 x 78 inches