Matt Clark's paintings are luminous, deep color fields painted in several layers. The variables (compression, paint opacity, color, and surface effects) combine the moment of the process and the exploration of the material. Clark's work speaks of application and erasure, movement and stillness, and the intentional and the accidental. The tension between the painted surface and the illusion it has created mimics a suspension of time. A history is built by the application of paint in layers; enabling one to enter the pictorial spaces and move between its depths. The painting, like a photograph, captures an otherwise fleeting instant of time in both Clark's pursuit and our perceptual experience.