Matteo
Since 2006
Works in Los Angeles, California United States of America

BIO
Matteo’s passions and talent lie in new media video art combined with sculpture.

His work and accolades in the design, commercial entertainment and advertising industries have kept him on the edge. He has chosen that peripheral position as a cultural observer who brings the outside in and the downside up.

For that he has been awarded two grants from The Burning Man Arts Foundation, for his large-scale interactive video sculptures entitled “HeadSpace” and “Spectre” which were exhibited at the annual events in 2005 and 2006 respectively. Reception was spectacular as he brought people art that they could work with in ways familiar to them from the ubiquitous Internet experience while adding layers of visual complexity. His art responds to, challenges and reinvents the technology driven changes in human interaction and communication.

Matteo has been working in the arts since he was a young man in his hometown, Toronto. He rapidly outstripped the traditions of a classical arts education and film study at the University of Toronto, where his father was founding director of the Cinema Studies Program.

At age 18 became an entrepreneur, producing, directing, shooting, editing and marketing successfully in the U.S. and Europe his special brand of video art for use in nightclubs.

His many pursuits kept him conceptually engaged with contemporary culture as his technical savvy and business skills brought him deeper into entertainment industries. His successful video art compilations led him into establishing, designing, and managing startling new and different nightclubs like Caribou Club, Enertia Nightclub, Alligator Bar and Flix Lounge.

His work earned him popular accolades: “The next new wave in groovy hangouts” -The Toronto Star. “The wildest decor in Toronto history! A great place for dancing and lounging the night away!” -The Toronto Sun.

Relocating to Los Angeles in early 1992, he worked with world-class production designers Jeremy Railton (three time Emmy award winner)

and Bruce Rogers (1996 At&T Olympic Pavillion, concert stage design for Sting, Madanna, Fleetwood Mac) who understood the level of Matteo’s talent.

In 1995 he established his own design company, Matteo Industries Inc. Design Division, a production design company. Since then he has won numerous design awards for his work in television, music video, stage, concert, special event and commercial production. Including five International Broadcast Design Awards. Clients are familiar names like: The Jim Henson Company • Dick Clark Productions • MTV • VH1 • ABC • NBC • CBS • The Eagles • Alanis Morrset • Sega GameWorks • Mattel • Intel • Nissan • Larry King • Novell • iLink • Nickelodeon...

Another branch of Matteo’s trajectory includes creating and designing full concept commercial venues, restaurants, offices and residential interiors. Beautifully crafted and unique contemporary furniture and details are what transformed those projects into living installations.

Matteo is comfortable in all circles of art and design but his move to bring art closer to life both ties him to the early history of design - when it was still art - and the post-modern situation of merging and deconstructing known and knowable areas.

Matteo brings innovative, original, fresh and unique creative skills to his projects. He knows technology, he knows business, he is a passionate and cutting edge force always looking forward and ahead of the curve. Matteo has done, and continues to do new and memorable work. Currently he is developing several more video sculptures slated for exhibition later this year
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EVENT

MATTEO-Video Sculpture


Dates:
Sun Mar 09, 2008 00:00 - Mon Feb 18, 2008

Santa Monica, CA— Opening Saturday, February 9th from 6 - 9pm the James Gray Gallery presents a new body of video-sculptures by artist-designer MATTEO.

PLEASE SEE LINK for a video preview.

MATTEO’s first one-person exhibition includes work that fluidly moves between forms constructed in real space and images constructed in virtual space. Light and solid form compliment each other in his highly innovative and conceptually intriguing work.

MATTEO adds, “This new series of work continues to channel intense visceral experience through formally simple, groundbreaking work. Each piece in the series will be complex, multi-layered and technology driven sculpture incorporating non-traditional materials such as fiber optic acrylic, one way mirrors, other glass optics, and other unexpected forms and materials.” His work and accolades in the design, commercial entertainment and advertising industries have kept him on the edge of contemporary culture in the broadest sense. His experience has also taught him the importance of the impeccable craftsmanship seen in this series.

Since 2005 MATTEO’s video-sculptures Headspace and Spectre attracted first grants then phenomenal crowds at the Burning Man Festival, which has received growing interest from the mainstream art world since the 2005 edition of MIT’s art, science and technology journal. Leonardo was dedicated to work from Burning Man. MATTEO’s large scale interactive art works drew enthusiastic attention from The New York Times, The San Francisco Gate, WIRED, Geek Times, CNET, LA Voice and featured on The Discovery Channel show, “Only In America”. To see this work please visit, www.videosculptures.com

Curator Dr. Catherine Amidon says, "Matteo's work is a unique way of experiencing new media fused with sculpture. His technology driven sculptures reference the mediated post-modern experience through the fusion of the physical and virtual. His work has an elegant and refined presence, while light and animated imagery reflect fragments of and references to the contemporary visual culture that shapes our social environment."

Exhibition viewing hours at the James Gray Gallery are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, Sunday-Monday by appointment. The public is invited, free of charge. For information call (310) 315 9502