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Matt Broach
updated: 02/01/2010
website: www.aphasiac.org
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Susannah
Chris
Chris (detail)
Amy
Amy (detail)
Caroline (detail)
Memoir
Memoir
Boston
Did You Know it Closes at 2AM?
Did You Know it Closes at 2AM? (Detail)
Did You Know it Closes at 2AM? (Second Version - Installation View)
Into the Void
Timeline (detail)
My Neighbor
 
Portfolio Keywords:  autobiographical, childhood, landscape, mapping, memory, architecture, psychological, conceptual, technology
 
 
Susannah by Matt Broach
Susannah
Found box, wood, enamel, fake leather, electronics
2009
3" x  5"  x 6" 
Chris by Matt Broach
Chris
Wood box, wood, paper, ink, plexiglass, enamel, sand, electronics
2009
4" x  5"  x 7" 
Chris (detail) by Matt Broach
Chris (detail)
Wood box, wood, paper, ink, plexiglass, enamel, sand, electronics
2009
4" x  5"  x 7" 
Amy by Matt Broach
Amy
Wood box, slate, cloth, electronics
2009
4.5 " x  5.5 "  x 12 " 
Amy (detail) by Matt Broach
Amy (detail)
Wood box, slate, cloth, electronics
2009
4.5" x  5.5"  x 12" 
Caroline (detail) by Matt Broach
Caroline (detail)
Wood box, cloth, electronics
2009
4" x  5"  x 7" 
Memoir by Matt Broach
Memoir
Mixed Media Animation
2007
Dimensions variable
Memoir by Matt Broach
Memoir
Mixed Media Animation
2008
Dimensions variable
Boston by Matt Broach
Boston
Sharpie on Paper
2006
14" x  11" 
Did You Know it Closes at 2AM? by Matt Broach
Did You Know it Closes at 2AM?
Sharpie and Ballpoint on Paper
2006
132" x  60" 
Did You Know it Closes at 2AM? (Detail) by Matt Broach
Did You Know it Closes at 2AM? (Detail)
Sharpie on Paper
2006
11" x  14" 
Did You Know it Closes at 2AM? (Second Version - Installation View) by Matt Broach
Did You Know it Closes at 2AM? (Second Version - Installation View)
Acrylic Paint on Floor and Walls, Sharpie on Paper
2008
Dimensions variable
Into the Void by Matt Broach
Into the Void
Sharpie on Paper
2006
96" x  102" 
Timeline (detail) by Matt Broach
Timeline (detail)
Xerox Transfer and Ballpoint on Paper
2006
36" x  132" 
My Neighbor by Matt Broach
My Neighbor
Sharpie, Ballpoint, and Colored Pencil on Paper
2006
60" x  30" 

Artist Statement
Memory and nostalgia are my constant obsessions. My earlier work explored the relationship between memory and space, but recently my work has shifted to explore the relationship between memory and technology. Specifically, my recent work explores the relationship between fetishism of technology and fetishism of memories. Anyone with an iPod understands the way we can fetishize our gadgets, yet this seems to be similar to how we preciously preserve the fragments of our past. Photographs, souvenirs from trips, and small trinkets from loved ones (lost or present) all take on, like our technological toys, an aura well beyond their practical functions.

 

Marshall McLuhan argues that media (all forms of media, not just recent ones) are merely extensions of ourselves - technology, therefore, is a kind of narcissism. Technology is all the more seductive because, like Narcissus, we don't realize we're staring at our own reflections. Perhaps, when seen through the refracting lens of nostalgia, we'll have a better idea of at what it is we're really looking.

Artist Bio / CV

Film Screenings
HollyShorts, Laemmle's Sunset 5 Theater, Los Angeles, August 24 2009
SF Shorts, Red Vic, San Francisco, September 9-12 2009
Animation Block Party, BAM Cinematek, Brooklyn, July 26 2008
Brooklyn Arts Council Independent Film Festival", BAC Gallery, Brooklyn, April 29 2008

Group Exhibitions
My Eyes, Chashama UWS Gallery, 950 Columbus Avenue, New York, January 2009
Storefront Films, Gallery Aferro, Jersy City, March 2008
Big White Institutional Box, Chashama upUPtown, New York, February 2008
Another Last Year, Chashama ABC, New York, January 2008
Small Works, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, June/July 2008
Works on Paper 2006, Arcadia Art Gallery, Philadelphia, April 2006
2005 Senior Project Show, Yale University, March 2005
Summer Works, Yale University, October 2004