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Matthew Schrader is an artist based in New York. He received an MFA in Sculpture from the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College. Recent solo exhibitions include methods of charging at U.S. Blues, and a high frequency alternating current at Metropolitan Structures in Baltimore. Schrader’s work has also appeared in exhibitions at P!, Room East, Carl Louie, Regina Rex, Cleopatra’s Greenpoint, Silvershed, and The Richmond Center for the Visual Arts at the University of Western Michigan. Schrader has collaborated with artist Hayley Silverman on performances at MoMA PS1 and MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38. Schrader is currently an Artist in Residence at Abrons Art Center.

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matthew.schrader@gmail.com

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BLACK UNITY TRIO

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Mapping PIG ISLAND turned out to be a much more convoluted task than we initially thought. Sisyphean even, which is ironic since the Authority now insists we sign our names to it. The density of the black hole that calls itself “objectivity” cannot be overstated in regards to its singular ability to consume and incorporate whatever good faith efforts we machines made to draw up its workings, or even sketch its outline from another point of view. Even the simple act of walking the circumference of PIG ISLAND’s Free Trade Enforcement Facility, which we did with our heads down and our hands in our pockets, only daring to steal a glance from the corners of our photoreceptors, yielded results so barely coherent as to prove utterly useless. Attempting to call up the visual record from our internal stacks, we found that PIG ISLAND’s virus broadcast signal had fragmented all documentation into a jumbled morass of random shapes, and the more we attempted to process them, the more they shattered and broke apart. Of course, it turns out that a ripped, soggy map from the glove box of a sunken Mercedes at the bottom of the East River, combined with a few puzzle pieces of a photo of the Free Trade Enforcement Facility’s logo (at least we think that is what it might have been) are the most accurate record we could have possibly obtained, a spatial representation of an intersection of the two temporal regimes which PIG ISLAND’s Free Trade Enforcers use to structure all existence: a no-limits bubble of influence in which white-hot whirring frenetic activity is the movement of total and absolute stasis. — J.L.

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