Mathew Curran is the Truth! thaxton February 21, 2014 ART Mathew Curran has spent years exploring the potential in stencil art. An art form that offers technical possibilities of traditional printmaking and also represents a form of urban art, each stencil requires hours of cutting with an unforgiving X-acto blade. His current stencil work negotiates the intersections of natural and urban life. For him, nature is “a background character in every one of our interactions,” regardless of one’s location in the world. To communicate this duality, he has started turning to representations of white-tailed deer and ravens. While the choice of animals as his subject matter may seem to suggest an essential, potentially simpler, state of being, he uses jagged strokes to remind the viewer that the frenzy of urban life is echoed in the chaos of nature. Ravens have a long-standing connotation of death, and he utilizes studies of hunted, dead deer in his compositions. For him, these animals are metaphorical stand-ins for the complexities of survival across habitats and species. In this exhibition, he evolved from his traditional black-and-white palette, and he introduces the color of North Carolina red clay in his works to make specific reference to one of the current background characters of his home and environment.