matthew garcia

The KCAC Artist Lifestyle project is rolling along with local printmaker Matthew Garcia (@matthewwilliegarcia). Matthew will be sharing a peek into his art world, his graduate studies and more with for the next six days!

Matthew is ANOTHER amazing featured KCAC artist in the 34th Annual River Market Regional Exhibition: Truth, Trust, Transcend. The show and Matthew’s two prints are up at KCAC through September 22nd during gallery hours Wednesday – Saturday from 11 am – 5 pm, so come on down and enjoy amazing art ASAP!

We are looking forward to what Matthew has to share with us, so here are a few words from him about his work and current art practice…

“We have not become civilized just well organized; we can no longer be distinguished from the beasts that surround us. We work with a pack mentality and destroy the weakest so that the strongest can prevail. We have been wild from the beginning though we walk in human skin. We strive to understand the subtleties of the universe and yet we fail to understand the subtleties of ourselves.

Throughout time we have used the natural world to explain the way of our own, in myth, religion, folklore and science. We personify, dissect, observe and interact with nature to understand a little more about ourselves. We have a natural connection with flora and fauna because we see our own reflection, yet we have made them a commodity.

I am trying to exemplify some of the subtleties of the universe and the connections we cultivate with nature that surrounds us. My work touches on the beauty of life by juxtaposing it with death, the idea that life becomes more beautiful with the realization of our own mortality. I am also striving to create imagery that questions the eternal, the temporal and the present. I utilize space, both the physical negative of the image plane and celestial, to create a tension between the idea of “everything and nothing.” I am trying to force the viewer to question the world around the subject.”

We can’t wait to see what Matthew has coming up, so here are a few images of his artwork and past Instagram photos to get things kicked off…

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Be sure to follow Matthew on his KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, September 14th – Tuesday, September 19th!

If you missed any of our previous Artist Lifestyle Artists you can always catch up on the KCAC Instagram (@kcartistscoalition) to see what has been happening or search social media with the hashtags: #kcartistlifestyle #kcacartistlifestyle