Matt Small & Pete Stern
Friday, April 29, 2011, 7:30 PM
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 South La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Matt Small is an artist whose painting is best understood as an extension of his beliefs and worldview. Matt is a passionate believer in social inclusion and that, given the opportunities to be heard and respected, all individuals have something of value to contribute to society. The subject matter of Matt’s portraits tends to be the marginalized and voiceless in society, those who are socially excluded and often viewed as statistics or pawns in a wider political game as opposed to individuals with the latent potential to contribute and enrich society if only given the opportunity to be heard. By painting portraits of individuals on the outskirts of society, often young black men, Matt encourages us to spend time with people who we may chose to overlook in our daily lives and in doing so forces us to challenge our prejudices and recognize our shared humanity.