BFA, 2001, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; MFA, 2003, University of Michigan. Exhibitions: Artspace Leguit, Belgium; PNCA, Portland; Munch Gallery, NYC; Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh; Booklyn, Brooklyn; Haggerty Museum, Milwaukee. Bibliography: BBC Online; Art Papers; FOX6 News. Publications: New American Paintings; Radical History Review; Faesthetic. Collections: Library of Congress; Whitney Museum of American Art; Labadie Collection, University of Michigan. Awards: Mary L Nohl Fellowship for Individual Established Artists, Milwaukee; Artist in Residence, Cow House Studios, Ireland; WerkKamp, Scheld'apen, Antwerp, Belgium. 

Personal Statement

Growing up on a farm on the outskirts of a village that annually staged "The World's Greatest Junk Parade," and working as an installer of temporary electrics at small town county fairs, shaped the way Matthes makes things and sees the world. Matthes develops complex ways to do simple things and take basic approaches to monumental ideas. Flood resistant paintings, instructional drawings, prototypes for unrealized fantastic inventions, mass-produced images, and public art/performances are all a part of his practice. Matthes makes work about engineering the absurd, allowing him to address economic and environmental crisis from a funny, critical, and perversely industrious point of view.


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