“My Left Hand Holds Paris” 5’x4’ oil on canvas
Altered Esthetics Featured Interview
Opening Reception: Friday May 6, 2011
Show Runs from 5/5 - 5/26
Name: Matthew J Albers
City/State: Elk River, MN
MNartist.org profile: www.mnartists.org/Matthew_Albers
My name is Matthew James Albers and I’m a “self-taught” emerging artist currently residing in Elk River, Minnesota. My artwork from an early age was inspired through artists that defined Expressionism, Surrealism, Abstract, and Abstract Expressionism. The works of Salvador Dali, Picasso, Van Gogh, and Jackson Pollock would further influence the way I would express, understand, and appreciate the work of others and my own art. I have always been fascinated by getting a glimpse of what’s inside someone’s head, a view through their “eyes”, something which would not be possible to see unless otherwise created.
Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?
The subject matter of my work tends to be very personal, based on both previous and present experiences. As such, my art is very “dynamic” in the use of color and expression. I have found it difficult to paint a series or body of work based on a single concept, as I have always maintained the freedom to change my mind and pursue another direction even if it is mid-way through a painting.
Recently, I have been working on a larger scale. One of my first large works, (“Fortuitous” 4’ x 8’4” acrylic on canvas, June 2010) was painted on a piece of unstretched canvas that I had taped to the floor. I approached and painted the canvas from all four sides which gave me a much different perspective than painting from the easel. Fortuitous was one of the first pieces of work that I had approached without a preconceived theme in mind. I believe it reinforced the notion of “no restrictions”, painting what I felt without regard, like that of a child.
“Fortuitous” 4’x8’4” acrylic on canvas
"What is Art?" is certainly too big of a question to ask here, but what do you hope your audience takes away from your art? What statement do you hope to make?
“Three Mothers, Two Fathers, and The Demon” 48”x36” acrylic on canvas
What was the best advice given to you as an artist?My high school art teacher, Ron Chagnon, told me “never give up on your art”. He allowed me the freedom to explore my artistic style and helped me better understand some of the influences and direction my work was taking on. As happenstance would have it, I ran into Ron last year during an Elk River Arts Alliance group show at the Sherburne County government center; I hadn’t seen him in over 20 years. I was humbled to show my work with my mentor, and thankfully, made him very proud that indeed I had not given up on my art.
Tell me about your work space and your creative process.
Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy?
I really enjoy the color and clean composition of Patt Dalbey’s work (http://www.pattdalbeystudio.com/). There is a raw beauty and strong sense of emotion in Joe Aschebrock’s (http://www.myspace.com/mydishragbody) work that I have been recently enjoying. If my old art teacher Ron Chagnon had a site, I would love to share it with you. He prefers to remain low key, but his work over the years has been amazing!
“Wine Comforts The Cold Moon Fools” 36”x24” acrylic on canvas
If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see?
Where do you go online for good art resources, whether to find a new artist, or to see what is going on in the art world locally and otherwise?
Do you have any exhibits to promote in the near future?
“Five Prophets in February” 48”x48” oil on canvas