Matthew Deleget | Shuffle (for Pete El Conde Rodriguez), 2010 | Acrylic and fluorescent acrylic on MDF | 18 X 18 inches | Courtesy of the artist and Alejandra von Hartz Gallery, Miami
Location: Walgreens Windows, 2300 Collins Ave, Miami Beach (23rd St. and Collins Ave.)
With this series of abstract paintings, Brooklyn-based artist Matthew Deleget explores the connections between two seemingly disparate forms of creative output: minimalist painting and salsa music. To determine the title, color palette, and composition for each painting, Deleget used the random Shuffle feature on his iPod and a playlist of songs by the salsa supergroup Fania All Stars. This group originated in the 1960s in New York City, around the same time and place that Minimalism developed. By using the randomness of a shuffled playlist, Deleget is able to remove any semblance of the human gesture, creating work that both adheres to the tradition of minimalism and is informed by the vibrant grooves of the Fania All Stars. In connecting the visual and the sonic, Deleget’s practice extends the synesthetic experiments of early 20th century artists such as Vassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944) and Arthur Dove (American, 1880-1946), and his work also identifies—both formally and conceptually—with the notable jazz-influenced Broadway Boogie Woogie, 1943, by Piet Mondrian (Dutch, 1872-1944).
Matthew Deleget’s work has been featured internationally, including at MoMA/P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, New York; Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis; Hunter College Times Square Gallery, New York; Alejandra von Hartz Gallery, Miami; and Cress Gallery of Art, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Tennessee, among others. In 2003, along with his wife, artist Rossana Martinez, Deleget founded MINUS SPACE, a gallery dedicated to the contextualization of reductive-based art.