Matthew Houlding's sculptures and collages draw us into a fantastic, retro-futuristic world, inspired by architectural forms and models, modernism and a childhood spent in East Africa. Houlding's recent sculptures and collages are an homage to the utopian zeal of modern architecture. Drawing on Structuralist and Formalist ideas of architectural design and the relationships between intersecting materials and planes, contrasting geometry is framed by bold, primary coloured Perspex, which casts a Californian sunny glow over split level condo-like exteriors and interiors.This juxtaposition of materials - from cardboard boxes to garden fencing and kitchen work tops - suggest human prescience and endeavour, reflecting the experience of architecture and space; hierarchy, opposition, separation, connection, transition and assimilation. The composition of colours and painted surfaces define figure/ground relationships within the work and convey materiality, physical and cultural context, symbolism and emotional response. Houlding's landscapes are, however, people free, yet suggest an inherent optimism and sublime future.
Matthew Houlding was born in Keighly, 1966. He lives and works in Todmorden, UK. Solo exhibitions include 'Under the Black Sun of Joy', ICIA, Bath, 2013; 'The Oceanic', Ceri Hand Gallery, London 2013; 'More Places to Get Away From It All', Touchstones Rochdale, 2012; 'The Chemosphere', New Art Gallery Walsall, 2010; 'Sons of Pioneers', Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool and The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill on Sea, 2009. Group exhibitions include 'Art Across the City', LOWCS International, , Swansea, UK, 2013; 'Beautiful Things', The Next Door Project, Liverpool, UK, 2013; 'The Utopian Buck Stops Here', Bureau Gallery, Manchester, UK. 2013; 'Zombie Modernism', Malgras Naudet, Manchester, 2012; 'The End of the Future', Transition Gallery, London, 2012; 'A Private Affair', Harris Museum, Preston, 2012; 'Salon Art Prize', Matt Roberts Gallery, London, 2011; 'In Wonder', Vermilion, Manchester, 2011; 'Scheinbar Sein. Faktisches und Virtuelles. Universitatssammlungen. Kunst & Technic', Altana Gallery, Dresden, Germany, 2011; 'Urban Origami' Pumphouse Gallery, London, 2010 and 'Take Shape –Make Shift // Pendre Forme – Provisoire', Les Instants Chavires, Paris, 2010.