Matt Neuman’s way of joining color and shape has left spectators speechless. His take on geometric shapes has created a new way of design structure. He believes that by creating art, he is providing balance with the chaos in our lives. He continues to deliver visual energy in each of his pieces with clarity and linear convergence. Please let us introduce this week’s Maker Monday, Matt Neuman.
Matt Neuman’s geometric shapes and his focus on innovation within art, gave him an opportunity to collaborate with Kyle Bunting. Which led to the creation of the collection, Radiance. The Kyle Bunting collection is filled with line, color, and geometric repetition. Both elements found in Neuman and Bunting’s styles.
Andrew Joseph: If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Matt Neuman: Something to reduce traffic.
Andrew: If you weren’t an artist, you’d be a ….?
Matt: Furniture maker. Not so distant I guess but I’m a craftsman heart and soul. Very few things enrich my surroundings like thoughtful handmade objects. If I had the time I’d build everything around me; even the little things that we all take for granted…butter knives…baby gates…marbles.
Andrew: What’s the best thing that happened to you this month?
Matt: My solo show, ‘/ for·mu·la /’ opened in D.C. at Longview Gallery. I put in a major effort with new work that I’m really excited about. I’ve had many opening nights that have all been on some level anticlimactic…not this one. DC really came out. The place was PACKED with showgoers and half the show was sold by 8pm. Good stuff.
Matt’s studio is filled with woodworks, paint, and tools which is exactly how he prefers it.
Andrew: What are three words to describe where you live?
Matt: Covered in crayons.
Andrew: What are your beauty secrets?
Matt: Soap is bad for your skin.
Andrew: What’s your biggest fear in life?
Matt: Being post-peak is a scary thought. To know that my greatest creative achievements were behind me would be a depressing reality to face.
Andrew: What’s your current TV obsession?
Matt: Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Matt is able to take simple geometric shapes and transform them into intricate and elaborate designs. Each product is extremely organized and mesmerizing to look at.
Andrew: If you had one more hour in the day what would you do with it?
Matt: Clean my studio. Or maybe not.
Andrew: What’s inspiring you in life (in the industry) right now?
Matt: Pattern. I keep getting drawn back to pattern as a starting point for imagery. It’s taken on conceptual value for me as a reference to the infinite. Pretty much all complex systems (at least natural ones) are built from repeating elements. Can’t find a pattern in something? Likely you just need to step back or look more closely.
About The Maker | Matt Neuman is a painter and printmaker who is fascinated by design. During his MFA years at Boston University, Matt began to focus his attention on basic geometric interactions. Eight years later, Matt’s work still probes geometry as a means of providing structural logic that resonates with humanity’s instinctive tendency to organize information. From his studio in the Bronx, Matt is continuously pushing his practice forward. Influences like physics, origami, and the infinite creep into Matt’s stream of consciousness and fuel his exploration of spatial experience rooted in line, color and repetition. Matt has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the US and abroad. Matt’s work has appeared in many publications including The Boston Globe, The Aspen Times, Vogue, Arte Al Limite, and Elevated luxury life. Matt’s work was recently featured in a curated anthology of contemporary printmakers published by Shiffer Books called ‘Singular and Serial: Contemporary monotype and monoprint.’
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