We wanted to see what Diana World Tour participant Matthew Winters had to say about the clone-creating process, and get an update on his present artistic endeavors. Keep reading for an intriguing peek inside inside Matthew's ongoing creative projects!
Cherrywood, Austin, Texas
Raised in St. Louis, grew up in Chicago, and became a man in Austin.
“Teetering with metaphor, iconically depicted, and touching subjects of mass consumption, complex designography, the stupid, and the sublime. It was at this point that we basically told ya’ll to buy his work because he is dedicated and you would be happy with the investment." – art writer J. Haley
How are you!?
I’m doing okay. I just had nose surgery so I am resting and have plenty of time to answer these questions. And yes, the answer is yes, I did have a nose job.
What was your favorite part of the Diana World Tour in Austin?
Getting a crash course in analog photography. I’ve never really been into it. And this was like diving in head first. And I loved seeing all of the different simple mods that can make all sorts of different photos.
The title of your piece begs the question… have you ever been to the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles?
No I haven’t, but I am very aware of it. The Jurassic in the title of my piece refers to the era from between about 200 and 150 million years ago. Dinosaurs dominated the land and Pangaea had begun to split into 2 distinct land masses.
If you only had one day/night in Austin, how would you spend your time?
I wake up late so my day would start at noon or 1. Then a great taco lunch at Torchy's. Then I would stop by Home Depot to see whats going on there. Then hanging with friends on a stoop, picnic table or at a pool. In the evening have a happy hour dinner at a swanky place for cheap. Then go downtown and catch a show, or 7 shows. Late night chicken and waffles.
What elements of Austin (or Texas in general) inspire your work?
Austin has a nice re-usable culture. Everyone is all for using materials for different projects. And no one piece of artwork is sacred. I’ll be pulling off materials from one project to get another one finished. And visually, I’m really drawn to the aesthetic of the city. Lots of raw materials, not much polish. Wood and rusting steel. There is an illustrative vibe here but its not so heavy-handed like LA or SF.
What is the most exciting thing that you are working on right now?
I’m working on a secret graffiti project right now. It’s going to be more sculptural than wall tagging. You’ll probably see elements of it around sooner than later, hopefully I don’t get in trouble with the law. Also a proto-punk musical about the defeat of the Spanish Armada.
Of all the mediums that you work in, which are you most interested in right now? What kinds of materials are you drawn to?
This is going to sound nerdy but I’m really into finishing and stain right now. Minwax is doing these crazy colored wood stains and color matching process. And I’ve been messing around and getting some wild results. Hot pink pine and bright purple walnut.
Any particular influences that helped define/inspire your aesthetic?
I have to admit that pop art and Warhol are inescapable to me. But mostly the look, I don’t really ascribe to the same beliefs as the Pop artists. It’s a weird landscape today, I’m more inspired by a good wallpaper pattern than anything I see in Artforum. I think I’ve hit a point where I’m considering design and surroundings way more than just making an art object.
What’s the oddest, or most difficult, request you’ve ever gotten from a client?
I was watching a baseball game with this Russian dude once and he found out I was a painter. And then he started to make these outrageous offers for me to be his family’s personal portratist. He was whipping out hundred dollar bills and saying “I want to keep you on retainer!”
Your piece came complete with its own intricate method of shipping. How did you come to make such beautiful yet practical boxes?
I work at an art museum and building and protecting artwork is part of the trade. And as an artist I believe that everything you can send someone is part of your presentation. And any extra packing and shipping or little details really helps sell your idea to your audience. Even if only 1 or 2 people get to really see it.
You also work at one of the foremost university art museums in the country, the Blanton Museum of Art … how does the exposure to other works of contemporary art influence your own art?
Sometimes I think it doesn’t effect it at all. But I’m pretty sure it does. It’s nice to have a front row seat to some of the most exciting showcases in Austin.
How’s that nose of yours doing?
Better I guess, I don’t know. It’s given me time to answer these questions! I’m worried that when I get the bandages off and it heals I’m going to look like 1% different and its going to subconsciously effect me. Like a twilight zone episode.
See the final wrap-up from Austin’s Diana World Tour party HERE!
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