Matt Davis

United States
Chicago, IL
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Matt Davis’s recent work involves photographic elements (often found, gifted, or stolen) used to produce collage objects. The work investigates the nature of image creation, deconstruction, and re-construction as it relates to the individual’s desire to capture and leave a trace. Within this framework, concepts of dislocation, transience, and mortality are explored. Matt Davis’s work investigates ideas of techno-fantasy in relation to modern man’s fascination with digital media, video and film special effects. Chroma-key backdrop special effects paint and no-seam back-drop paper are often incorporated into the collages. Recent collages, drawings, and paintings attempt to represent the un-represent able. Many of the works depict technologically influenced “out of body” experiences, and ghost-like images. The works often incorporate illustrations of figures in relation to infinite space, “the void”, and vortexes. Matt Davis’s work is heavily influenced by science fiction/fantasy/horror film and literature, comic books, as well as minimalism. The artist’s practice interweaves photography, image collection, image manipulation (manually and digitally), and collage techniques to produce a wide variety of objects varying in material composition and scale.


2008 Master’s of Fine Arts-Studio Arts. University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

1997 Bachelor’s of Fine Arts-Painting. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL


2011 Explorations: New Works by New Artists
The Art Center, Highland Park, IL

Fine Art Making
Terry Dowd Inc., Chicago, IL

2010 Emerging Artist Exhibition
Morpho Gallery, Chicago, IL

Newcity Breakout Artist Exhibition
Art Chicago, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

2009 Emerging Artist Exhibition
Morpho Gallery, Chicago, IL

2008 The End
Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL

Sullivan Galleries at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

New Talent-Summer Group Show
Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL

Clothesline: Movement
Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

Vulva O'Keefe vs. Angry Goldsworthy
Deadtech Gallery, Chicago, IL

MFA Thesis Exhibition
Gallery 400, Chicago, IL

Fine Art Adoption Network Exhibition
Pocket Utopia Gallery, New York, NY

2007 Meanwhile, in Baghdad...
The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Night of 1,000 Drawings
Artists Space Gallery, New York, NY
2006 Fool Me Once: Celebrating the Art of Fooling Around
G.B.U. Gallery, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Mad, Bad, & Street Legal
Open End Gallery, Chicago, IL

2005 12
1417 Wood St. Gallery, Chicago, IL

2002 Glamour, Excitement, Power & Money
Gallery on Lake-Judith Racht, Chicago, IL

2000 Absolute Vision 2000
Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL

Test Site at the Congress Theater: A Performance and Installation Art Event,
The Congress Theater, Chicago, IL

1999 Serious Play
The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL

Narrating the Temporary
The Butcher Shop Gallery, Chicago, IL

1998 Test Site: Installation and Performance Art in a Former Food Processing Plant, F&M Meat Products, Chicago, IL

Cross Currents: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Glasgow School of Art Exchange Exhibition, I-Space Gallery, Chicago, IL (Traveled to Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow School of Art, Scotland)


Foumberg, Jason, “Breakout Artists.” Newcity. 2010

Stabler, Bert. “I Don’t Like Photography.“ Proximity Magazine, The Photo Issue, #5, Fall 2009.

Artner, Alan G., “Contemporary Art Workshop will close its doors.” The Chicago Tribune, January 9, 2009.

“Adam Simon: Fine Art Adoption Network: Art in General New Commissions Program Book Series Vol. VII.” By Adam Simon, 2009.

Stabler, Bert. “Critic’s Choice”. The Chicago Reader. December 11, 2008.

Lin, Chris. (2008, Dec. 11). Life-In-Parallel: Art + Adventures 1300 Miles Apart. Images and review of the exhibition ‘The End’ featured in K and K’s web log. Retrieved Dec. 17, 2008.

“Ahh…Decadence!” School of the Art Institute of Chicago Sullivan Galleries exhibition catalogue featuring artwork with essay by Lisa Wainwright. 2008.

Grabner, Michell. “Meanwhile, in Baghdad... and Black Is, Black Ain’t.” X-tra Contemporary Art Quarterly. Winter 2008/Volume 11, Number 2.

Zolghadr, Tirdad. “Display Tactics: Political Curating.” Modern Painters, April 2008.

Artworks available from this artist:
Installation 180 x 120 x 120 inches & 20 lbs.
Artworks adopted from this artist:
Drown Mountain
Painting 12 x 12 inches
Painting 9 x 12 inches
Painting 13 x 18 inches
Drawing 16 x 20 inches
Painting 12 x 12 inches
You Broke Up (Photo)
Photograph 19 x 14 inches