Bio:

Matt Hamon hails from a small, remote town in Northern California. A sense of place informed by wandering the woods as a child inspires his enquiry. Self-described as 'postrural'*, Matt's creative endeavors take many forms, as he is un-prejudiced in his choice of media, embracing anything from drawing and painting to photography and video. His work can involve a single medium or a combination of several disparate techniques. The technique that is adopted simply needs to be the best method to represent a particular idea. Matt currently lives in Potomac, Montana near the Blackfoot River and teaches in the School of Art at the University of Montana in Missoula. Matt is a featured artist in Scott Ligon's forthcoming book from Watson-Guptil/Random House, "Digital Art Revolution."

* Postrural is a term used by Matt Hamon and Issara Willenskomer to describe the experience of coming of age in remote, rural areasof the country and later contextualizing these experiences in the narative content of contemporary art.

 

Statement:

I'm concerned about what Walter Benjamin described as the "aura" of the object and the fact that with mechanical reproduction, this aura diminishes. Though Benjamin was likely arguing in favor of this democratization of images and objects, I personally lament the loss of this aura in visual art. At the same time, I enjoy the potential of digital media, and understand that much of our workflow, like it or not, has been converted to these systems. What seems to be lacking in the binary perfection of digital media is the authentic, and organic error that comes out of the limitations (or potentials) of the human body (dexterity) and the wonderful tyranny of physics. A splash, a spill, or a drip, in the digital realm lack authenticity and, as such, become artifice or decoration. I mix photographic media with hand-drawn elements and processes to reveal the process (even with its flaws) and to juxtapose the specific (photographic) with the ambiguous (drawing). Ultimately, rather than telling specific stories, I'm interested in what narrative can emerge from reflecting on a given image or object.