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Matt McCormick is a multimedia artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. His work assimilates a diversity of cultural influences culled from the American West into an artistic vision that is as unique and dynamic as the topography itself. Within McCormick’s various bodies of work, seemingly incompatible elements cohabitate with ease, reflecting the conflicting histories of California. Ruminating on the striking contrast between present day downtown Los Angeles and the physical inheritance of the Wild West, his works are populated with dejected and disposable objects infused with the vibrant cultural legacy that remains as alive today as ever before.
“When I step back and look at the work that I have created and continue to create, I find myself viewing the work in the same way I would listen to an old traveling hymn. For me using marks on the chosen canvas has become the easiest way to tell my story, but in doing so I strive to tell the story in a way that allows the viewer to become entrenched in and potentially make the story their own. Whether it be a cinematic landscape with an almost alien stillness, void of any explicit reference to the human form or a crudely sketched charcoal rendering of an austere cowboy accompanied by ambiguous text referencing a forgotten moment, I want to cut to the core of human emotion in a way that even the most closed-off individuals can relate to, even if only in the privacy of their own minds.
The work acts as a diary of sorts, sometimes being documented in real time, and other times looking back with a matured eye. Occasionally it acts as a collage of the past, and at other times, a blueprint for the future.” - Matt McCormick
2008 The Art Students League of New York, New York, NY
2018 Sky Above The Clouds, Darrow Contemporary, Aspen, CO
2018 Matthew McCormick and Thrush Holmes, The Office, Miami
2017 The Last Cigarette, Star Street, Hong Kong, HK
2017 Install II, Levi’s House, Los Angeles, CA
2017 A___is___A, Golborne Gallery, London, UK
2016 Not As It Seems, Nothing As It Seems, All Day Everyday, Los Angeles, CA
2016 Install I, Interscope Lounge, Los Angeles, CA
2016 Remnants Of The Rodeo, Smashbox Studios, Los Angeles, CA
2016 Playboys & Girls, Slow Culture, Los Angeles, CA
2016 One Of These Days, AGENDA, Long Beach, CA
2016 Ishton’s Porch, Hou Yee Chan, Los Angeles, CA
2015 9 Lives, Castle Fitzjohns Gallery, New York, NY
2015 Legends Never Die, Mi Vida, Los Angeles, CA
2015 Cat’s Out Of The Bag, Slow Culture, Los Angeles, CA
2015 Outlined, Bergamont Station, Santa Monica, CA
2015 Ruin Value, Astroetic Studios, Los Angele, CA
2015 Text Me, Hazen Projects, New York, NY
2014 When I Die, Bury Me Face Down So The Whole World Can Kiss My Ass, The Good Company, New York, NY
Jaques Marie Mage, “The Calm Is The Storm” Journal, June 2018
Alex Maeland, “How Long Did That Take To Paint” Maekan, May 2018
Isabelle Davis, “Artist Interview: Matt McCormick” Art Of Choice, October 2017
Manfredi Gioacchini, “Rising Stars of Los Angeles,” Vogue Italia, September 2016
Bobby Kim, “The Life in a Day: Artist Matt McCormick,” The Hundreds, July 2016
Darius Khandehroo, “Studio Visit,” Jackpot Magazine, June 2016
Asato Iida, “Los Angeles Issue,” Ollie Magazine, January 2016
Sophia Alami-Nassif, “Artist Focus,” Untame Worldwide, January 2016
Yasi Salek, “Cult Talk: Matt McCormick,” Cultist, June 2015
Jaime Kay Waxman, “9 Lives Review,” Vogue Japan, May 2015
Janeau Dahl “Artist Spotlight”, Pacific Dissent, March 2015
Alexander Spit, “DIY” The Hundreds, March 2014
Q. Where do you draw inspiration from?
A. A lot of the work is based on personal memories and idolized daydreams around those memories...
Mathew Tucker re-imagines landscapes as though looking through a window, a mirror or a door. Playing with a broader metaphor of our internal experiences of looking out upon an external, separate, physical world.