Matthew cleverly uses landscapes in setting the backdrop for his collages. The way he cuts and reassembles them gives them an almost 3-dimensional quality, each piece is just shifted into place. Very enjoyable!
Describe your work in 10 words or less.
Landscape, Shapes, History, Skateboard, Pattern, Line, Language, Void, Minimalism
What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
National Geographic (vintage), Thrasher Magazine (current), drawing paper, sketchbooks, acrylic artists ink, water, pencil, random found paper textures (most recently a weird set of hand writing analysis cards I found in the basement). Also for like 2 years I collaged using stuff from this box of haunted seventeen magazines from the 60-70s. But then a ghost (the former owner of said seventeen magazines?) gave me pneumonia, so I quit.
How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
Started collaging in junior high... making flyers/posters/artwork for me and my friends imaginary punk bands. I've been doing the same thing ever since, except the bands became a little more real...
Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
I am a dishwasher by day, a poet on weekends early in the morning, a musician in the evenings, a cassette tape label manager in my spare time... and I own a dog who likes to run and jump. Also, I am addicted to the internet, which is a full time job.
Do you have any formal art training?
I studied Poetry at Colorado State University, and many of the ideas from poetry carried over into my visual art. I also broke the rules at CSU and took art classes though I was not an art major. I studied drawing for a semester.
Explain your favourite techniques.
I like combining patterns and rigid shapes with fluid forms. I like visualizing the abstraction of people and man-made geometry as cast into a fractured landscape. I like how I, the collagist, cut a magazine, pictures (buildings, skylines, rolling hills, people) up into interpretations, but really that magazine is a tree that has already been cut and printed and cut and formed to communicate something as an interpretation of itself. I am re-assessing a re-assessed knowledge as communicated through media. It is like one of the most ultimate found poems to me.
Describe your favourite piece ever created.
Elusive; in that it does not exist yet, but will one day...
What other artists do you admire?
Tiffanie Collins, Grant Souders, Alex Runge, Erik Wangsvick, Brett Brady, Mikheil Moucharaffie. That is my crew...as for bigger names: Clyfford Still, Ed Templeton, Chris Johanson, Uta Barth, Ian Mckaye, Townes Van Zandt, Ben Chasney, David Lynch, Will Oldham, Mark Gonzales. Skateboarding. Loud music.