Matthew Hall

Book Arts / Printmaking

 


Contact Information

tel: 801-647-3298
e-mail: iam@matthewhall.info
www.matthewhall.info
Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Artist Statement

I am interested in narrative. Specifically, what we infer with limited amounts of information available to discern what transpired. I choose small moments—which I have observed—and then combine them to create a narrative flow. Drawing and writing both operate as visible language in my work. Neither offers perfect communication, nor the ability to recreate reality in its entirety. Both offer different paths and implications to meaning. Using text and images in the same space entangles our experience of interacting with both.

My gestural drawings capture aspects of experience instead of a naturalistic rendering. They reinterpret the experience both as I see it, and within my use of the image as a visual narrative element. This style of drawing, that interprets experience as fleeting in nature, creates an expression from small highlights. These vignettes demonstrate idiosyncratic moments, rather than describe all the details of the experience. I find value in moments of pause or loneliness, e.g. someone searching for their keys, standing in line, waiting for a friend to arrive, or even stumbling for a word.

Each narrative I create builds around the viewer’s ability to bring their own world to the work, apply their own understandings, and take the narrative into their own world as they do. I present images, and vignettes of moments, compiling several moments into a narrative. The viewer’s understanding of my work comes through their own life story, and different elements resonate for their own reasons.

These understandings build slowly. The contrast between drawings that happen quickly and ideas that build slowly become important to the viewing of my work. The restrictions to the visual space in my work, whether by cropping or by gestural representation, initiate the process of discovery by asking the viewer to participate by translating the marks into familiar visual space. The transitions between visual elements, gradual and abrupt, suggest a narrative. The display of a series in ways that ask a viewer to move through those visual transitions without seeing the whole space at once reinforces a slowly generated meaning in my books and print series.

Education

2013
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
MFA, Printmaking

2006
Alfred University, Alfred, NY
BFA, Studio Art

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2013
MFA Thesis Exhibition: I crawled inside the book and made it my home, Edwin W. Zoller Gallery, State College, PA

2008
Poems, Cafe Velo, Salt Lake City, UT

Group
2012
Homage: Past Influences, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA

Plant to Print, Borland Gallery, University Park, PA

Second Helping, Edwin W. Zoller Gallery, University Park, PA

Committing Humor, Borland Gallery, University Park, PA

Graduate Research Exhibition, Hub Roberson Gallery, University Park, PA

Difficult Differences, State Theatre, University Park, PA

The New Sauce, Edwin W. Zoller Gallery, University Park, PA

2011
Unearthing the Narrative in Art Today, The 23rd Atmosphere Group Gallery, Chicago, IL

May Group Show, Gray Wall Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

March Group Show, Gray Wall Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

February Group Show, Gray Wall Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

January Group Show, Gray Wall Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

2010
Transgressions/Transmutations the Book Rejiggered, The 23rd Atmosphere Group Gallery, Chicago, IL

Salon 2010, Salt Lake Acting Company, Salt Lake City, UT

November Group Show, Gray Wall Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

October Group Show, Gray Wall Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

Grand Opening Show, Gray Wall Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Teapot Show, The Tea Grotto, Salt Lake City, UT

2009
Signed and Numbered, Salt Lake City, UT

2008
Rocky Mountain Arts and Antiques, Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, UT

2006
Festival of the American West, American West Heritage Center, Logan, UT

Coldiron: Thesis Exhibition, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

Beauty · Courage · Strength, Women’s Leadership Center, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

Awards and Honors

2012
Best in Show, Homage: Past Influences, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA
Juror: Brooke Seidleman

2011
Second Place, Fine Arts, Penn State Graduate Research Exhibition, University Park, PA

2010
Graduate Assitantship, Pennsylvania State University

Residencies

2013
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Bibliography

2012
Seidleman, Brooke “Juror’s Statement, Homage: Past influences” Target Art Gallery, October 2012

Cover, loveDANCEmore: A Performance Journal Spring ’12, Salt Lake City, UT

“Zoller Gallery presenting Penn State students’ work,” Daily Colligian, University Park, PA

2011
Cover, loveDANCEmore: A Performance Journal Fall ’11, Salt Lake City, UT

Diamond, Austen “New-Fashioned Pierpont,” City Weekly, Salt Lake City, UT, May 11, 2011

Gray Wall Gallery: Group Show, City Weekly, Salt Lake City, UT

2010
Mann Mellus, Mariah “Gallery Stroll,” SLUG Magazine, September 30, 2010

Staker, Brian “SLAC’s Salon 2010 Links Visual Art With TheaterSalt Lake Tribune, August 23,2010

Professional Experience

2010 – 2013
Instructor of Art/Graduate Assistant, Penn State, University Park, PA

2009 – 2010
Curator, Gray Wall Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

2006 – present
Independent Designer

2006 – 2010
Graphic Designer, Mills Publishing, Salt Lake City, UT

2006
Production Designer, Sign-A-Rama

Intern, Institute for the Electronic Arts, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

Professional Affiliations

AIGA
College Arts Association
Mid-American Print Council
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