Dirty Pools is Matthew Hunt’s first solo exhibition in the UK. Coming at the end of his Associate Artist Residency as part of Acme Studios' International Residencies Programme, Hunt has produced a body of work that combines painting, photography and sculptural elements that explore the dynamics between subjective and cultural history. Delving into the past, using the process of painting as a conduit to remember personal and cultural histories, Dirty Pools collapses time and space.
This coalescing of the past and present creates a whole, and yet at the same time, a dislocation from both locations. The dirty streets of London do have a relationship with the algae and insect ridden swamps of Hunt's childhood in Australia. The metaphorical fear of the London sewer and the untested quicksand of North Lake become part of the same beast.
But it is also the re-found recorded moments from black and white photography that holds interest. These fragments are discarded and contextless – and we are forced to form a narrative from our own subjectivity.
Key to all this is a consideration of composition, both as an aesthetic exploration but also as a more indescribable, intuitive link between the form of the subject and the surrounding context.