MATT fairbridge - FINALIST
Originally from the regional Victorian town of Beechworth, Matt relocated to Melbourne to commence studying in the visual arts. He holds a Diploma of Visual Arts from Swinburne University and has recently completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Art) at the Victorian College of the Arts where he now looks forward to an honours year in 2017. Matt has partaken in numerous student and lecturer curated shows at the VCA as well as group shows at LON Gallery in Collingwood and c3 Art Space in Abbotsford. He also has commissioned public works at the University of Melbourne Parkville campus. Upcoming exhibitions include Fresh! at Craft Victoria with shows at c3 and LON later in the year.
Through avenues of sculpture and drawing Matt's work presents a synthesis of the ancient and the prospective, the stable and the temporary and the linguistic and the technological. Using materials simultaneously indicative of ancient times and contemporary styles, the work contains almost unnoticeable relief abstractions contained within framing or freestanding structures utilised as supports. The imagery is conceived of an amalgam between floor plan, glyph, architectural design and ornamentation, amongst other references producing something akin to a glimpse of a lost, or yet-to-be-known world. They are constructed from a palate of collaged details that could be subjectively decipherable whilst simultaneously examining on the general proliferation and extinction of language and styles known and unknown. Extracting abstract qualities from a range of sources has resulted in a more intuitive practice, each work essentially constructing itself from an igniting gesture. What follows is a blurring between artefact, art and design and a melding together of support structure and artwork.
All photos courtesy of the artist