Matt Austin | No More Dying
No More Dying
Artist talk: Wednesday, October 5, 6pm
Closing reception: Wednesday, October 5, 7pm
No More Dying is a poetic response to the increasingly divisive and hostile culture currently developing in America. Inspired by the escalating political tensions and perpetual recurrence of tragic injustices, this work exists as an open invitation to meet in the common ground of our collective pain. The show memorializes a consideration for a shared humanity and the complications inherent in being alive, as though we are all attending the same funeral.
Matt Austin tends to apply his approaches to art making in all facets of his life: working, teaching, getting older, having dinner, etc. Though his practices vary widely - from making photographs to publishing books, hosting dinners to building benches - his work remains focused on the importance of honesty and learning from others. Many of his creative projects are motivated by tragic experience and frequently engage the idea of learning to appreciate through embracing difficulty. Inspired by failure and often motivated by fear, he mostly demonstrates his enthusiasm for living by trying things out.