Room For Mistakes: Artist Matt Bollinger


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Matt Bollinger is an artist living in Ithaca, NY who works across painting, animation, sculpture and music. Bollinger earned his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute in 2003 and his MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2007. He has had 6 solo exhibitions at Zürcher Gallery, New York and 3 solo exhibitions at Galerie Zürcher, Paris. His animations have been included in numerous film festivals and screenings in the US and Europe. His work is in the collections of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City, MO), Museum of Fine Arts (Dole, France), and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (Brunswick, ME) Recent solo exhibitions include Extended Present, at the South Bend Museum of Art (South Bend, IN) and Labor Day at M+B (Los Angeles, LA). In 2020, Zürcher Gallery participated in the Armory Show for the first time with a duo-presentation of Staver and Matt Bollinger in the Focus Section, curated by Jamillah James.


-Everything comes from drawing

-Base idea for work coming from a sentence

-Creating character sheets for different paintings

-Researching his work

-Vulnerability and empathy of the characters

- The primary direction of light

-Think in tone

-Always looking

-Making the soundtrack for his animations

-How much sound impacts the work

-Drawing with sound

- Never being shy about talking about his work

-Kerry James Marshall

- Remove process hurdles

- How COVID impacted his practice

- Finding ways for freedom


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