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Be Right Back

February 16, 2012

Thomas Hunter Project exhibit takes on the internet

 Julian Rivas

Arts and Entertainment Editor

Continuing to display work quietly in the basement, Thomas Hunter Projects installed a massive new piece by Matthew Garrison at the start of the semester titled “Be Right Back.” With a name inspired from the internet acronym, “BRB,” the installation attempts to visualize and embody the internet. The work covers an entire wall of the Thomas Hunter Project room with 837 webcam shots of empty rooms that resemble an overwhelming collage of colored walls and random furniture pieces when viewed as a whole. Up close though, the empty rooms showcase eccentricities and personalized modes of living. The collage accurately communicates the duality of comforting and unsettling vibes that one often encounters while surfing the web.

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Albright Professor's Digital Art on Exhibit in Massachusetts

September 16, 2012

The work of Matthew Garrison, Associate Professor of Digital Media at Albright College, will be featured as part of "Collage Logic," a group show at the University of Massachuetts Hampden Gallery, through October 18.

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LESSONS FROM THE STUDIO:
WHAT I LEARNED WORKING SUMMERS FOR ELLSWORTH KELLY
by Matthew Garrison

February 19, 2016

While studying in Paris following WWII, Ellsworth Kelly, recognized internationally by scholars, artists, and museums as one of the most influential artists at the turn of the millennium, unlocked a new kind of abstraction through his isolation of the discreet forms he observed in the world around him. It was during this period that Kelly made the seminal 1949 painting, Window, Museum of Modern Art, Paris, in which he eliminated brushwork and transitioning values, leaving four white and gray rectangular shapes bounded by heavy black lines. Over time his painting and sculpture evolved into investigations of pure color, or even the absence of color, that he is known for today. Beginning in 1988 and for the following two summers, while a student of sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design, I was employed by Kelly, and this unique opportunity offered me insight into the significance of his pivotal work. Unknown to me then, these three summers would provide the foundation for a lifetime of learning, and instill in me a deep appreciation for teaching as lineage. Working for Kelly not only shaped how I approach my own art, but also the work of other artists and my students.

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