MATT’S PROCESS

ABOUT MATT SHERIDAN

I wanted to make paintings with a plug-and-play attitude — like in a punk band, with a throat and three instruments ripping through only three chords — so I could just fucking paint, unworried about making mistakes, without having to stumble my way through every painting. I like abstract paintings with very discrete marks for maximum graphic dissonance between moves. So I started making digital collages from real paint marks scanned into Photoshop for instant gratification. I integrated folds into the process after a scanning accident while digitizing strokes and scrapes of paint.

I threw some images together quickly. While thinking about painting my first collages, I saw the marks move onscreen and realized I COULD ANIMATE THEM TOO. So I started thinking like a computer, sequencing my painted marks on paper to be digitized, then animated in the machine. The term digital is both electronic and of fingers, conflicted at its origin. Nowadays hand-making is a form of resistance. My collages are dematerialized lo-res models waiting to be scaled up and rematerialized into paintings or animations.

Compositionally my work often captures the split-second just before or just as conflict is initiated. I find the last instance of something before it’s forever changed a beautiful moment. Just when I think I know what my animations are doing or are about while making them, there’s always a point where what I’m doing feels out of sync with the ACTUAL content. From there I listen to my little voice, adjust and simplify — extracting lingering narratives screwing up my process to use for titles — and suddenly the work powers up. Then I’m in an obsessed trance until that twelve letter word is done, whether it’s a painting, painting-in-motion animation, or a video I can walk around, aka sculpture.

Matt Sheridan’s video-based action painting explores worlds of constructivist expressionism where his work’s meaning comes from its actions. Each of his “painting-in-motion” videos unpacks its painting analog into experiential, architectural projections sometimes edited live on-the-spot. Trained as an animator, Sheridan earned his BFA from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts and his MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He has taught at the School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute and NYU in New York and Singapore, and at UCLA’s Geffen Academy. Sheridan worked on television productions including Beavis and Butt-Head and Blue’s Clues, screened work in two Olympic Games, exhibited work in museums such as Centre Pompidou, the Jeu de Paume in Paris and most recently CICA Museum in South Korea, won grants — including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant for painting — and otherwise participated in exhibitions, residencies, fellowships and events from Finland to Japan, India to Brazil, France to Australia and USA from New York to Miami to Los Angeles. Matt Sheridan’s work — represented by TWFINEART in Brisbane — is in American collections in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, and also Australian collections in Sydney and Brisbane.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS / PROJECTS

2021 Wipeouts, curator: Cammie Staros; Permanently Closed, Los Angeles, CA
2019  Schemattitudes, curator: Tove Langridge; TW Fine Art, Brisbane, Australia  Schemattitudes, curator: Tove Langridge; TW Fine Art, Brisbane, Australia Cook Until Raw, curator: Leejin Kim; CICA Museum, Gimpo, South Korea
2017 Exchanges, curator: Tove Langridge; TW Fine Art, Brisbane, Australia
2016 Elegant Brutality (paintings and painting-in-motion video), Elegant Brutality (paintings and painting-in-motion video), curator: Tove Langridge; TW Fine Art, Brisbane, AU Rematerialize Me (video), curator: Rita de Alencar Pinto; Vanity Projects, LES/NYC
2015 Vanishing Point (Make Waves), four channel painting-in motion video installation (gallery Vanishing Point (Make Waves), four channel painting-in motion video installation (gallery and facade); curator: Yusuke Shimura; Gallery FAIR, Narita, Japan Matsudo Ebb + Flow, nine painting-in-motion cinematic video, installation + VJ projects curators: Junpei Mori + Shoji Wataru / PARADISE AIR; courtesy of Japan Agency for Cultural Affairs / Bunkacho; Matsudo, Chiba, Japan
2014 Contours of Belief, large scale public urban painting-in-motion video installation, curator:Contours of Belief, large scale public urban painting-in-motion video installation, curator: Andrea May; courtesy SECULT / Bahia Secretary of Culture, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil Fire Water, public painting-in-motion video projection, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
2008 Institutionalized, MFA thesis show, 2 video installation, Raymond Gallery,Institutionalized, MFA thesis show, 2 video installation, Raymond Gallery,Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA; Disinformation Breakdown, (3 channel video w/cellphone sound), South Campus Wind Tunnel, ACCD

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020

Annual rotating exhibition, (video projection and painting), h Club Art Program, Annual rotating exhibition, (video projection and painting), h Club Art Program, curators: Katya Somerville and Ali Hillman, Los Angeles, CA Wavelength Video: Pandemic Projections, (video projection) — 3 presentations   curators: Jeanne Brasile and Gianluca Bianchino — Signac NJ, Newark NJ, Patchogue NY

2018 Noodles For Tony / Curry For Chas (video projection), TWFINEARTx2 @ W Hotel Brisbane Noodles For Tony / Curry For Chas (video projection), TWFINEARTx2 @ W Hotel Brisbane curator: Tove Langridge, Brisbane AU
2017

The Digital Body (video), curator: Leejin Kim; CICA Museum, Gimpo, South Korea The Digital Body (video), curator: Leejin Kim; CICA Museum, Gimpo, South Korea Sunday Painter (painting + live mixed video), curator: Alex Nunez; Laundromat, Miami, FL

2016

Falcon’s Nest: Part 1 (video), curator: Caitlin Slegr; Falcon’s Nest, Los Angeles, CAFalcon’s Nest: Part 1 (video), curator: Caitlin Slegr; Falcon’s Nest, Los Angeles, CA S/Election (video), curator: Erin Christovale; Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, LA, CA

2015

Formless to Form (video + prints), curator: Tove Langridge; TW Fine Art, Brisbane, AU

2014 Chasing Tail, (video and prints), curator: Tove Langridge; TW Fine Art, Brisbane, AUChasing Tail, (video and prints), curator: Tove Langridge; TW Fine Art, Brisbane, AU Paint, And The Use Of; two-person show, curator: Ariel Mitchell; American Qi, LES/NYC Abracadabra, (painting) curator: Jane Hart; Art + Culture Center of Hollywood, FL Do You See What I See? (video), La Napoule Art Foundation, Mandelieu-la-Napoule, FR  Circuitos das Artes 2014 (video), curator: Eneida Sanches; Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
2013

Unpredictable Patterns of Behavior (video + paintings), curator: Ombretta Agro Andruff;Unpredictable Patterns of Behavior (video + paintings), curator: Ombretta Agro Andruff; Project Space 924, Art Center South Florida, Miami Beach, FL All-Media Juried Biennial (opening night video projection), curators: Hunter Braithwaite + Gean Moreno w/ Jane Hart; Art + Culture Center of Hollywood, FL From Obama to Occupy: Works of Outrage 2008-12, curator: Jesse Phillips-Fein (video);  Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Brooklyn, NY

2012 Immaterial Ergonomics (video installation), curators: Chris Warr, Morgan Mandalay, Joshua Miller and Ariel Mitchell; Space4Art, San Diego, CAImmaterial Ergonomics (video installation), curators: Chris Warr, Morgan Mandalay, Joshua Miller and Ariel Mitchell; Space4Art, San Diego, CA Innovations (video installation + painting), curators: Bryan Thomas and Jaroslava Prihodova; Dowd Art Gallery/SUNY College at Cortland, NY
2011 Audrey Cottin: Charlie & Sabrina, Who Would Have Believed? (a collaboration with Audrey), curator: Raimundas Malašauskas; Jeu de Paume, Audrey Cottin: Charlie & Sabrina, Who Would Have Believed? (a collaboration with Audrey), curator: Raimundas Malašauskas; Jeu de Paume, Paris, FR Apogee, curators: Elmar Hermann, Marcus Herse and Michael Rey (video installation); JB Jurve, Los Angeles, CA Iconoclasts + Iconodules (video installation w/cellphone sound), curator: Ombretta Agro Andruff; Religare Art Gallery, New Delhi, India

GRANTS / FELLOWSHIPS / RESIDENCIES + AWARDS

2019 Golden Foundation / Scholastic Art Educators’ Residency Finalist: Materials Grant
2018  Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
2014 PARADISE AIR Residency, Matsudo, Chiba Japan PARADISE AIR Residency, Matsudo, Chiba Japan Funded by Japan Agency for Cultural Affairs / Bunkacho + Matsudo City Council
2013 Secretary of Culture (SECULT), Salvador da Bahia, Bahia, BrazilSecretary of Culture (SECULT), Salvador da Bahia, Bahia, Brazil Audiovisual Production Grant Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM Partial Residency Grant (3/4 funding) Fountainhead Residency, eight week residency, Miami, FL
2012

Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs / Cultural Exchange International, CALos Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs / Cultural Exchange International, CA Fellowship + Travel Grant to Instituto Sacatar, Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles, CA Artists’ Resource for Completion (ARC) Grant La Napoule Art Foundation, Mandelieu-la-Napoule, France: Fellowship

2011 Arteles Artist Residency Program, eight week residency, Haukijarvi, Finland
2010 CAMAC Centre D’Art, eight week residency, Marnay-sur-Seine, FranceCAMAC Centre D’Art, eight week residency, Marnay-sur-Seine, France Partial Residency Grant (1/3 funding)
2008 Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA: Thesis Project Grant

EDUCATION

2006 – 08 Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, USA (MFA)Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, USA (MFA) Master of Fine Arts degree awarded 2011 upon completion of written thesis Graduate Art subjects: video art, painting, art theory and philosophy
1990 – 92  New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, NY, NY, USA (BFA) New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, NY, NY, USA (BFA) Bachelor of Fine Arts degree awarded May 1992 Department of Film+Television subjects: animation, live-action video + 16mm film

 

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