On the occasion of the publication of Matzu's monograph, A Thousand Regards, I had the opportunity to write about Matzu's artistic practice, deconstructing his goals to act as a cultural filter to his intended audiences. The essay can be read here.
A small work of acrylic and mixed media on canvas, entitled Sex Buddies (2013), caught my eye. Matzu informed me that he took shunga (erotic prints) as his inspiration; particularly X-rated portions of shunga pieces were often covered over, only to draw more attention to those very areas. In Matzu's work, orange squares floated atop the white spectral outlines of figures playfully engaging with each other.
While Matzu lives and works in New York (the +718 to be exact), he continues to be shown all over the world, working with various galleries and institutions. His aesthetic, sensitive to his global surroundings, ensures a captive, varied audience.
A bonus teaser image for a future blog post on Mysterabbits below: