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Matthew Trygve Tung | Studio Visit

Brooklyn, NY

January 2015



MATTHEW TRYGVE TUNG was born and raised in San Francisco, CA, received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2006 and subsequently relocated to New York, where he completed his MFA at Hunter College in 2012. He was awarded a Keyholder Residency at the Lower East Side Printshop in 2008 and received the Eleanor Gay Lee and Esther Fisher Perry awards from Hunter College in 2012. His work was featured in New American Paintings MFA Annual, Issue 99, and has been exhibited at galleries including Denise Bibro Fine Art, Blank Space Gallery, Geras-Tousignant, The Luggage Store, Spattered Columns in conjunction with ACNY, and through Ugly Art Room’s programming.
Trygve Tung's work explores the desire for and unattainability of order. Using Internationalist housing and modernist structures as visual starting points, he focuses on the moment when the prescribed order of the grid begins to come apart and these utopic architectures are transformed into monuments of entropy. Repetition magnifies imperfection, which is in turn mirrored by his mark making. Each drawing is measured and calculated; yet as with the buildings they capture, the idealized form is transformed by time and human fallibility, giving way to a new harmony... Learn More and Shop Art

Why do you create?

To stay relatively sane; to gain a little understanding of the world.

Where are you from and where do you live now? 

I was born and raised in San Francisco and have been living in Brooklyn since 2006.

When do you make your best work?

Late at night when everyone is asleep and when I'm out wandering around.

What is your favorite color?


What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Mint chocolate chip.

What is your biggest demon? 


What is your happy place? 

The California coast.

What gets you out of bed in the morning? 


Who are some of favorite artists?

Egon Schiele, Edward Hopper, David Hockney, Saul Leiter, Fred Herzog

Who is your hero?

My dad.



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