Andy Mattern

1979 · United States

Artist biography

Compelled by the fascinating intersections of art and design and the saturation of our modern world with both, American artist Andy Mattern has used these spaces as a means of developing a unique visual aesthetic for his art.

His recent body of work focuses on close-cropped images of seemingly collaged elements taken from a variety of sources. Rich color and mapping indicators suggest that what the viewer sees is a diagram to be followed, however the interjection of textual element reveals a bit of the tongue-and-cheek humor behind Mattern’s constructions. Leaving questions unanswered, Mattern creates a visual space of engagement and contemplation.

Born in 1979, Mattern earned a BFA from the University of New Mexico in 2002 and subsequently completed an MFA in Photography from the University of Minnesota in 2012. In addition to his role as educator, including serving as an Assistant Professor of Photography & Digital Media at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma since 2015, Mattern continues to produce and exhibit new work in a variety of locales. Recent solo showcases of his work include “Shelter” at Saint Joseph's University Gallery (Philadelphia, 2019) and “Andy Mattern” at Pictura Gallery in Bloomington, Indiana (2020). Examples of his art are included within prominent permanent museum collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the New Mexico Museum of Art. Mattern’s art is represented by Elizabeth Houston Gallery in New York.

Andy Mattern

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