Matt Hoelscher
True Fiction
Jan. 13th – Feb. 18th, 2022

Opening Reception Jan. 14th, 2022 from 4-6PM

Emporia, KS – The Emporia Arts Center will host an Artist’s Opening Reception for Matt Hoelscher’s show True Fiction in the Trusler Gallery, 815 Commercial St., from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 14th, 2021.  The show will be up for viewing January 13th – February 18th, 2022.


Matt Hoelscher work is influenced by TV shows, comics and toys that he had grew up with as a child. The fictional tales help cope with reality by being able to escape into his own imagination. Painting allows Hoelscher to explore both reality and fantasy in the same space while carefully balancing both elements into his work while emphasizing the duality between the two.


Each one of Hoelscher work is a performance of his imagination, his studio becomes a space that allows him to act out scenes in his head such as play. “The props and environments are crude and ephemerals, reminiscent of how child play with anything that they can get their hands on. They are painted as physical objects that will eventually break down overtime. I dress myself in costumes to create characters from different genres that I enjoy. Then I put those characters into scenes that I have made from cardboard still-life’s that I call toy theaters.” The process involves carefully rendering oil paint onto cardboard and balancing the simulated texture of paint with the actual texture of the cardboard to create a balance of what is real and what is an illusion.

All exhibitions in the Trusler Gallery at Emporia Arts Center are free to the public.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm |Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm


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