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Matt Evald Johnson

The urban/industrial scene has always supplied me with subject, materials, processes and narrative. Whether the work is figurative or not - whether it is two or three dimensional, the physical undertakings during artmaking mirror the intended tone of the given piece. The idea not only determines but demands that the piece be what it must. My resources, within me and without, must change with the challenge of each new work or body of work. The limitations of my intellect, body and studio are to be constantly engaged thus assuring stimulation, growth and renewal in life as well as in art.

The subject of this work, regardless of its figurative or non-figurative qualities, is always the assemblage and manipulation of raw material. The stuff acquired has very much to do with the composition. The materials are generally reclaimed from the urban/industrial environment and in many ways record some of the history of their previous lives. I hope to merge the grace a brutality to produce an unexpected object that not only records my personal involvement with the process but also retains some of the force from what it once was. Very much of the process exhibits my personal physical potential, which is why I work alone on them. The use of assistants or heavy equipment would allow for ingenuine decision making. I am always working at the threshold of my abilities. In all, the labor that goes into each one resounds forever within the piece.

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