A creative who’s work is of many disciplines, Matt Gehm has delved into mediums such as drawing, autoCAD, photo manipulation, and sculpture. Currently based in Los Angeles, Matt received his degree in architecture from the University of Southern California. He has his own design firm, Forester Gehm Design, which provides his freelance work. His work is impressively diverse to say the least.
His atmospheric architectural paintings are works to get lost in. Using AutoCAD, Matt is able to create lines varying in weight and depth to create larger forms that travel in and out of the piece. Matt’s work is ever-changing, his form of expression changes how ever he chooses.
We asked matt some questions about himself and his work to get a better understanding:
So you’ve studied architecture and your artwork seems very influenced by that. Do architecture and your own personal artwork always go hand in hand or is it only in mind for some of your pieces?
"Much of my work is inspired by architecture but seeks to represent that which architecture often cannot. It aims to give form to the transient and ephemeral qualities that define much of our existence, but are often left on the cutting room floor. I find architecture an interesting subject and field to dig into, not only because it is my profession, but because it serves as the backdrop to our everyday lives. It is the sounding board from which we operate, yet more often than not it is cast aside and disregarded in everyday life. This dichotomy between something that clearly has such a staunch place in our history and modus of operandi yet is so often glazed over is a theme I often find myself coming back to. "
Where else do you draw inspiration from? Is most of your work digital?
"Most of my early work was digital because it gave me a quick outlet to produce a high volume of pieces and explore some of the more abstract forms I was interested in. But recently I have been looking to translate what I have learned in the digital realm to physical pieces and have been thoroughly enjoying the process. The rigid control and definition that you are able to achieve through the screen I have found to sometimes be limiting in the direction I want to take my art."
What direction do you see yourself moving towards? Do you have a goal set for yourself or have you already met one?
"My direction going forward is to focus more heavily on the physical pieces I have begun to produce. Learning and attempting to master the new techniques to set forth a new direction. I would also like to move into sculpture, something that has always fascinated me."
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