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Selections from KMAC and Private Collections
Ongoing Interpretations by Matthew McDole
June 16 - September 10, 3rd Floor Gallery
Opening reception July 7 from 5-9pm

Pictograms, hieroglyphics and initial versions of cuneiform were all developed as modes of communication before the use of conventional forms of writing. Expanding on these early pictorial sensibilities Louisville artist Matthew McDole has cultivated his own graphic language, an icon driven system akin to the ideographic approaches of certain types of street art, as well as our current use of emojis, and not entirely dissimilar to the use of Dutch hex signs or barn quilts found throughout rural America.  

Celebrating and enhancing our ability to communicate through art, Sing Don’t Cry features McDole’s own stylized visual vocabulary in dialogue with objects culled from the KMAC permanent collection and private collections from the museum’s network of ardent donors, supporters and advocates.


Matthew McDole is a skateboarder, illustrator, painter and screen printer, originally from Bedford, Kentucky, now living and working in Louisville. He has exhibited at the Green Building gallery and in 2016 he was the winning participant of ARTLIK NuLu, a 10-artist collaboration with local businesses in the NuLu neighborhood. Commissioned works include record covers, t-shirts, business logos, and site-specific public and private installations.

Special thanks to Jody and PA Howard, Henry Heuser, and Pat Stallard.

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