Haven-hurst is an expansive landscape of swimming pools. Constructed of cardboard and paper, pieces may be added and the whole reconfigured with each installation. It is a work in progress as well, in which each unit, though complete and autonomous, only truly functions relative to its position in the grid. The rigid confines of each square frames shapes ranging from organic to geometric. They are, though, both in colour and shape poor artifice, never truly evoking the nature they intend to resemble. Lacking all supporting elements (homes, automobiles, streets, a population) Haven-hurst is a mere fragment of a community and a dysfunctional fantasy.
Contained within Matthew Northridge’s work are hyper-organized structures and poetic inventions, pared down to an essential state. Composed of variable units in real space or networks on paper, rules are decided and a system developed from many tiny parts. Much is taken from popular printed material, including magazines, books, advertisements and packaging, where all subsequently carry their own meaning, language, and history. Excised from its original source, a fragment is combined with countless others, creating a scene that is simultaneously an architectonic ideal and a highly subjective construction. A wealth of images and ideas are drawn from architecture and landscape.