"I’m intrigued by Matthew Bourbon’s square, half-representational, half-abstract paintings. Like David Hockney, Bourbon is adept at blending two modes of representation in one image. In The Words We Agreed Upon and A Bucketful of Lies, figures mutate into irregularly shaped fields of geometric swatches of color. His interiors and figures suggest thinking and a kind of intellectual cosmopolitanism that seems precious today. (I keep reading his abstract elements as thought bubbles emanating from figures.) I also love the mise-en-abîme aspect of A Bucketful... and the way it recapitulates its subject, a group of abstract paintings, by becoming the thing it depicts. Bourbon’s might be “desert island” paintings—works you’d choose if you could only have one thing to represent painting in 2010."
Toby Kamps, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Menil Collection