We recently had a chance to visit Los Angeles artist Matt Lifson in his studio.
Matt grew up in South Florida and pursued art at an early age. He studied painting at the School of Visual Arts in NY, and is currently enrolled as a graduate student at Otis in Los Angeles. Strongly influenced by photography, cinema and the occult, he explores the parameters that construct representation, mythology, subculture and nostalgia through semiotic and linguistic lenses. His work draws parallels with the real and the ethereal, creating spaces that move in and out of focus. He has exhibited his work internationally, and will be participating in the 2011 Istanbul Biennial.
nature is satan: s church 2011. mixed media
“I’ve always been drawn to things that have the illusion of something fantastic. The way images are framed, the mood they’re given, allows something thats always been there to be something ultimately unknown. That moment between dissonance and nostalgia that informs experience – thats the place where I work.”
lights on: 2011. oil on canvas, 50×56″
“I tend to think of ideas as images and how they can fabricate themselves as works. Painting has a certain parameter that I’m always trying to expand, but some ideas are semiotically more effective as objects.”
mountain man. 2011: oil & spray paint on canvas, 16×20″
“With painting, familiar moments of images become at once dissonant and nostalgic, evoking the spectacle embedded within the banal. Abstract gestures that simultaneously attack and imitate representation can become uncomfortably harmonized, allowing the painting to become at once a backdrop and a painting in its own right. This kind of echoing mimicry questions one’s faith in representation, to present the real through the lens of the ethereal. Essentially, I want to make things we’ve always seen, just not the way we’ve always seen them.” -Matt Lifson
See more of Matt’s work via his website here.