Matt Jones is a painter and multimedia artist living and working in Brooklyn. He received his BFA from the Cooper Union in 2002, and has since drawn and painted responses to astronomy, theoretical physics, ancient history, the occult, and mythology, playfully communicating with and analysing the world around him.
If there was one piece of art you could feature in, which would it be and why?
A Martin Kippenberger Hotel Drawing. I wouldn’t want to showboat my appearance in some grandiose art work like The Last Supper, or The Raft of the Medusa, but it would be pretty cool to see my visage, in some minor way, in a drawing by my favourite artist.
Who inspires you and why? an artist, a family member, someone current or historical?
For me, anything is a potential point of creative inspiration. But my best friend Kadar Brock is the greatest artistic inspiration. We live and work very close to one another, and are deeply involved in each other’s practice. Non-human beings inspire me, too. I just read about this on the iflscience site and am totally jazzed to make stuff because of it - “Archeologists are starting to unlock even more Maya secrets with the exciting discovery of two ancient cities in a Mexican forest.” There’s still so much exploring to do. There’s so much more information to gather!
What are your cultural aspirations? what do you still want to see, do and achieve?
Preaching the gospel of my art practice is my greatest aspiration - anything that happens along the way is a bonus. I want to reach people and share a good attitude, I want to be a positive force for the growth of compassionate and inspired communities that lead to the betterment of all our lives.
What are your favourite cultural cities in the world and why?
New York is the greatest city in the world. It has everything. It makes you work, and rewards you for it. When I first travelled to New York in 1998, I knew I had to live here and that I’d be here for a long time. There’s an energy here that exists nowhere else in my experience and it drives people to do great things. The only other two cities I've ever been to that I was interested in living in are Berlin and Brussels. Europeans are generally more interested in art which makes being an artist a bit less of a struggle. Brussels is two hours from a bunch of important European cities and exists as a sort of amazing village-like metropolis. It's beautiful, green, and the people are all incredible. Berlin is the only city that approaches the flavour of energy New York has.
What are you up to at the moment and where can we find it?
A ton of my work is available for viewing at: www.mattjonesrules.com Next April I’ll be living in Paris for a month making work for a solo exhibition at Galerie Jérôme Pauchant. This Saturday my good buddy Justin deDemko, an art curator, included some new ghost paintings of mine in his Inside/Out project, an awesome Instagram art hunt to find art across NYC through clues released online. I'm also working on a collaborative art/literature book with my amazing friend Emily Means called Madeline Madrigal. My studio practice does not slow down. There’s so much to do. @matttheobliteratorjones August 2014.