We've known this SF based artist over the years. We've invited him to participate in some shows at Low Gallery and in some Fecal Face shows over the year and have been following his work for like the last two years. His work has just been getting so damn good recently that we had to get him up on the site. Below is a short interview conducted through instant messaging technology in two parts because we accidentally deleted the first part and had to redo the interview... Note to self, prepare questions further in advance when conducting an interview through IM and don't do it hungover... Oh, and so you get a vibe for the interview, this is what Matt looked like as he typed the interview you're about to read.
Hmmm... Well, we're all animals. I watch a lot of animal programs on tv and it reminds me of human behavior. I've been drawing animals since I was little and it's fun to draw scales and fur and stuff like that. Teeth and eyeballs, tongues, claws, feathers... what a world of wonder we live in!
It would be like sesame street or the muppet show-only animated. There would be lots of characters hanging out and learning lessons together. A lot of riding around on the backs of flying creatures and creatures of the land. There would be volcanos, the jungle, street style, water slides, pizza, lots of dancings, good vibes, animals wearing sunglasses, ect. the soundtrack would be totally o.c.
o.c. the tv show
I think about sex a lot and it's good exercise-one message to the kids--- safety has no quitting time- especially 'under the covers'.
It would be hinted in the show-like a dog and a bird would go into a closet or something. What happens behind closed doors is up to your imagination.
Adult males will get a thickening sensation in their pants, moisture for the ladies. The kids won't really know what's up unless they have pretty freaky parents who teach them to be "sex positive" at an inappropriatly young age.
"The Neverending Story" was a big deal to me growing up. That dog-dragon falcor was an instant friend and there was tons of cool and imaginitive characters throughtout the movie. Like that evil wolf with the glowing eyes-that thing was scary and awesome. I also like Pee Wee's big adventure- I was always into wacky stuff like that.
That princess was amazing. I work in the children's department of the community thrift store. I sort through a large amount of toys and clothes and games and stuff. I'm always keeping my eye out for ALF stuff and I have a large plastic pizza and hamburger collection going. I also build picture frames in the dogpatch with my best pal nasty Joe Neff.
Worst trait? I can be pretty bad at remembering names. I'm working on it... is that a trait?
It's true... it helps to take the extra effort.
I've been making it a blockbuster night most of these days but when I go out I usually frequent the mission district. The Cassanova Lounge is a favorite after work spot. Delirium is fun because there's dancing going on there a lot. It's nice to have a few cold ones and then dance it up a little. I live in Bernal Heights now and I really enjoy going to Holly Park. Yesterday I watched the bucks beat Michigan on tv then strolled to the park to play frisbee with my friends and we had fun and watched an amazing sunset. You get a great veiw of the city up there. Artwise there are billions of places to check out- I always check out the Fecal Bay Area Art Calender to see where I can get my art on!
My process is rooted in my work as a picture framer. There was always scrap mattee board around and I would chop little peices of it into 3in x 3in squares. I would sneak around drawing on these small squares at work with a ballpoint pen, then take them home and color them in. Because of the soft nature of the board itself, I noticed that when I drew overtop of where I erased lines were revealed. I eventually made purposful indents in the board with a printmaking tool and colored over top with pencils to bring out the texture.
Oh ya-the black and white ones. I actually use this tecnique on almost all of my stuff. It's all ink and colored pencils. It's fun to just use blacks, whites and greys because it looks like early printmaking stuff.
In the future I hope to happy, healthy and strong. forever.
No, but a very close friend is hanging out somewhere in the great beyond. I think about death everyday. I think our mortality makes life important. it's good to live everyday knowing it's a blessing to be alive.
yea-furie comes from the word "fiore" which means flower.
Not that I'm aware of-but my great grandpa was form sicily. My dad, my brother jason and I traveled there over the summer. We took a train from rome and ended up crossing the water by having a large section of the train actually pull into a barge. It was very sci fi.
Fernet is good, huh?
Definitly! My brother and I still say "hold on to your butts" if things are going to get hairy. (it's an obscure jurrasic park quote from samuel jackson I think)
It's not making fun if you're an "outsider" artist like myself.
Well I have a comic book to be released next year by teenage dinosaur press titled "Boy's Club" you can preveiw it in my myspace blog. If I got to make like an actual book it would be full of creatures interacting, fighting, playing, ect.
I was born on august 14, 1979 at the ohio state university hospital. I'm a leo.
I've always worked in my bedroom. I have a bed, 2 desks, 3 flexi lamps, tons of colored pencils and paint, clothes all over the floor, some scented candles, a computer, books, ect. music... I'm listening to Smashing Pumpkins right now: Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. I've been on a 90's kick lately. I sang "found out about you" and "hey jealosy" by the Gin Blossoms last week at kareoke and it was so much fun!
I really like going for bike rides through the city and outside the city. Just walking around all day is really fun too. I like swiming at hotels and going in hottubs. I like going to parties, stuff like that.
Yeah-with this guy I wanted to spend a ton of time on it and just let it develop on its own. I was thinking about war a lot-the current war and the concept of war thru the ages. I started it as a new years resolution... I was watching nature videos by David Attenborough as I drew and getting inspiration from the often violent animal world. Worked on a little section at a time.
That's his spirit. I've never seen a spirit but that's what I imagined one could look like.
No... but that would be a blast. We talked about doing a workshop.
Well, a friend just dropped of a dog here at "man manor" where I live. I'm going to play with his and make sure he dosent miss his moms
Alright! It's been a pleasure...how about Seinfeld's Kramer?
I've been going to the comedy club and hangin with Aiyana a lot and it seems that a lot of those dudes walk the borderline when it comes to racial stuff. Gets pretty tricky. Kramer said some crazy mean uncalled for bs for sure.
That's some bad publicity. I think he was in a genuine rage. It bums me out... did he formerly apologize or what?
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