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1994 - 2004

Matt Smithson

FRESH WORK: COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON ALUMNI EXHIBITION, 1994 – 2004

1994 - 2004

Matt Smithson

FRESH WORK: COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON ALUMNI EXHIBITION, 1994 – 2004

Vanessa AlburyA. Bills-LeviGayle BrookerLisa ChouMargaret ClarkeT. DavidsonSteven DavisJohn DuckworthMeghan HenleyKrist MillsSue MurrayDorothy NetherlandsRachel O’NealLarissa PatelLynn PattersonMatt SmithsonJonathan Walsh

To create an exhibit drawn from works by Studio Art graduates may seem to be a daunting task; faced with so many choices, the result could become merely arbitrary or too disparate to cohere as an exhibition. But in fact, my experience was quite the contrary. All artists have at least one thing in common—they all have influences. And for all of these artists, one of their most influential experiences was the time they spent as Studio Art students at the College of Charleston.

In this exhibit, I see the influences as well as the individual accomplishments of artists who studied here at the College. Whether faintly or pronounced, the impressions of their Studio Art professors resonate in these works. The goal, however, of myself and Dr. Marian Mazzone was to choose a select group of Studio Art alumni whose works have continued to develop, becoming their own unique creations and contributions. By limiting the selection to Studio Art graduates of the past ten years, we were able to look at the work of artists who are still developing their sense of “self” in the art world, while also still having some identity with the College.

Matt Smithson, originally from North Myrtle Beach S.C, graduated from the College of Charleston in 2003 with a B.A in Studio Art. He is now pursuing a Masters Degree in Broadcast Design and Motion Graphics from Savannah College of Art and Design. Matt has previously exhibited work in group exhibitions at the Untitled Gallery, Print Studio South, Halsey Gallery, The Florence Museum, and most recently the Hamilton Hall Gallery in Savannah. Matt was awarded the Laura M. Bragg award as well as Department of Studio Art Departmental Honors in 2003.

Matt Smithson

FRESH WORK: COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON ALUMNI EXHIBITION, 1994 – 2004

1994 - 2004
ARTIST STATEMENT

 Through personal investigation, I attempt to merge the themes of the subconscious and the physical body. Figures are deconstructed and placed in an ambiguous environment that forces an interaction with their surroundings. Surreal narratives then take place, often not revealed until later. Each work of art is a personal experience of observations in physicality in an interaction with subconscious words and imagery.

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