Matt Reiner approaches paintings as objects, building them up from various found materials and experiments with form. Recently returned from a fellowship in France, he shares a bit about his practice here! More at the links after!
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Tell me a little bit about you!
I am currently a studio major at Yale College and have been making stuff for as long as I can remember! I'm originally from Los Angeles but have been there for less than 2 months out of the past year because of school and travel. Recently went on a fellowship to France for 8 weeks to study art and architecture and paint.
What is your process like?
I usually start with material and process. I make a lot of studies and drawings on paper but whether or how they translate into the larger work is beyond me. Paintings to me should be considered in their entirety. I do not like to think of what a painting is too rigidly. The painted object as object interests me. The surface, support, tool all mean in the ways that they reference and break from history as well as metaphorically or empathically in psychological terms. I like to break down elements, reconfigure schemas of abstraction, and come back with something that holds together as a set of actions made in relation to object, not necessarily as culminating in a picture.
Do you have a mentor, or a piece of advice (or both), which has influenced your practice?
But are you building?
Describe your studio.
I work in my backyard on a patio. I built a wall out of plywood and two by fours on which I hang stuff but mostly I work on the floor or table. The acrylic paint is to my left, oil to my right (for some reason I think that is the way it needs to be).
If you could sit down for dinner or a drink with anyone, who would it be and what would you chat about?
I think I'd sit with Susan Sontag. She seems like she could give me a lot of good advice about life.
What do you do when you find yourself in a creative rut?
What do you need or value most as an artist?
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