“North London is one big village,” says Matt Small. He’s sitting on the fire escape of his flat in Camden right now, but his workspace, at Euroart Studios in Haringey, is just a skip, hop and jump away on the Overground. There are new studios opening up all the time, Small observes, with lots of open days and initiatives for support: “There’s a DIY mentality growing. I think us artists have realised it’s important to take control, and not wait on established organisations to provide support.”
As a full-time artist, Small knows that locking yourself away in your studio to focus on your craft probably won’t cut it: “You have to be savvy about promoting yourself. That’s a part of the job as well, and not something us artists have traditionally been so great at. So it’s good to have a network of individuals who are in the same boat as you.”
Primarily a painter, Small has a strong, compelling style, often choosing discarded objects like car bonnets or old signs instead of canvas for his work. “The theme of my work is young, dispossessed people: individuals who feel undervalued, who don’t have a voice, who get looked over.” Small explains how the urban debris he paints on becomes symbolic of the feeling of being without value: “I thought it’d be interesting to connect the two – that oven door, that shelving unit, that piece of trash to someone – I don’t see it like that, I see that it can be something beautiful and worthwhile. That’s how I see our young people too. Let’s look at their potential, at the hope that’s in all of them.”
Small has hosted workshops for socially marginalised people, driven in part by a desire to give them a voice, but also wanting to make art more approachable in general. “I think the art world is un-inclusive by design, but for me, making it understandable and connected to us mere mortals is what art is about. It’s about finding your own way of communicating what goes on in your mind. That’s the most powerful thing you can do as an individual: creatively express yourself, visually or through music or dance.” And of course, there’s the thrill of the challenge: “I’d feel as if I was cheating myself if I wasn’t pushing the boundaries of my own potential. Keep discovering, keeping finding, keep playing.” He laughs. “Having fun with it all. Yes, yes!”
Even though I’m a complete troglodyte, I’m now getting down with the old social networking malarky slowly but surely. I’ve finally realised that it’s a far more fluid, instant way of getting my work out into the internet universe…Instagram and Facebook is where i put up my work in progress and new art works such as the big mofo metal sculpture I’m battling away with pictured below, click the links to see more funky freshness
I have made a piece of art to go in the Willow trust foundations online auction ‘stars on canvas’
the Ebay auction started on the 13th November and goes ontill the 23 november.
Bids start from 99p, cheap and cheerful but its great to think as much money can be raised for this rather wonderful organisation
Willow is the only national charity working with seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40 to fulfill uplifting and unforgettable Special Days. These Special Days enable them and their families to reconnect and refocus on each other while enjoying an activity of their choosing. A day for them, a day about them and a day that will create memories they will all treasure forever.
Because I’m a nice chappie i thought it would be nice to do a little art give away at the private viewing of Digital Analogue.
I have produced Ten special edition hand finished lino cuts printed onto vinyl records
and I’m going to give away three of them.
The first 25 people to arrive at the private view will be given a raffle ticket and at some point in the evening numbers will be picked and winners given there prize…..
but you have to sign up to the Guest list to be in it to win it
G-SHOCK Art Sessions Presents Matt Small – Digital Analogue
G-SHOCK are excited to announce the fifth instalment of their G-SHOCK East Art Sessions in collaboration with Urban Nerds Collective on 7th September 2014, featuring the work of painter Matt Small.
London based Matt Small passionately believes in social inclusion – a theme that can be seen throughout his work. Painting directly onto found metal, Small creates works of a strongly urban aesthetic that express his world view that given the opportunity, all individuals have something of value to contribute to society.
Entitled ‘Digital/Analogue’ the East Store installation will feature a wall-mounted ‘gradual pixelated erosion’ of Small’s painted work, contained within a frame constructed in the shape of a smartphone – reflecting the idea that in the digital age an artist’s work is predominantly viewed online within the constraints of 72dpi. Aiming to explore the question of how creatives can combat the ‘dumbing down’ of life and re-engage with their viewers to encourage an appreciation in real life interactions, the installation will also feature a series of hand finished lino cut prints on vinyl records in a further exploration of analogue, tangible formats battling a world of digital formats.
The main man Rodney and his pal Jon are currently on show at the My Art Invest show ‘Hackney to Harlem
150 Commercial Street
This week the See art Fair starts in ‘Concerned of Tunbridge Wells’.
i will be showing some art works with Gallery Different, it should all be rather spiffing…
Assembly Hall Theatre, Crescent Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 2LU
Wednesday 9th July : Private view drinks reception for galleries, press and collectors 6pm – 10pm
Thursday 10th July : Open to the public 11am – 5pm
Thursday Evening 10th July : Sponsors and Charity Gala night 6pm – 10pm
Friday 11th July : Open to the public 11am – 8pm
Saturday 12th July : Open to the public 11am – 6pm
Sunday 13th July : Open to the public 11am – 5pm
On friday 6th June, Euroarts will open be making all us artists that reside within its confines to open up our personal realms to the public.
My studio is a migidy mess, in a stididy hardcore style, it makes my head spin everytime i walk in there to try and be creative, but it’s my place and i love having my own domain to focus on my artistic practice.
Its a real insight to see how an artist goes about his/her work, to see their hive of creativity.
So these open studios are a great time to just simply absorb and analyze a variety of human view points
FRIDAY 6 JUNE
6pm – 10pm
SATURDAY 7 JUNE
2pm – 6pm
SUNDAY 8 JUNE
2pm – 6pm
Free Entry /
For a little while I’ve been exploring sculpture…these latests pieces are definite labours of love causing me to lose blood, generate sweat from my chubby person and produce tears from my lil beady eyes
The Discombobulated show will be coming down very soon, so if you want to have a butchers, get yourselves down to the Underdog Gallery ASAP…heres some pics of the whole darn affair….