Matt Bollinger

Extended Present

Exhibition Dates:

July 18 – September 27, 2020
Project Room


An office. A cup of coffee. Morning light moving across a wall. These are but a few elements that can be seen within Matt Bollinger’s animations. But the core subject of his work is the experience of time. 

Bollinger’s animations are painted by hand in acrylic and flashe — an extremely time consuming process in and of itself. Fragmentary traces of images remain visible as he reworks surfaces to create the illusion of movement. These echoes remain present as time continues to pass within the animations. This slow, quiet, mesmerizing and intense focus heightens the experience of everyday moments. We become aware of the elasticity of time as we are carried along by his images, from room to room and day to day into a future where we can’t help but look back. 

Two of Bollinger’s most recent animations are included in this exhibition: Three Rooms (2018) and Between the Days (2017).

Matt Bollinger (American, born 1980) received his M.F.A. in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and his B.F.A. in painting and creative writing from the Kansas City Art Institute. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, and elsewhere. Awards include first- and second-year fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center, a fellowship in painting from NYFA, and a residency at the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program. He is represented by Zürcher Gallery and lives and works in New York state.

Find out more about Bollinger and his work at

Image: Matt Bollinger, still image from Between the Days, 2017, hand painted animation

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