Matthew Picton is a british-born artist living in Oregon and his worked is influenced by the beauty of lines and formes which are shaping cities.
“Cities are often described as living organisms; viewed as subject rather than object. Matthew Picton engages with this tradition of humanizing the city by deconstructing the clean, uncompromising aesthetic of the cartographic city plan and imbuing it with the unique history and culture of each place.”
From the natural topography to the built environments. For example his series called “City Sculptures” are trying to take a deeper look into the organism of the city which is created by social, political, economic and topographic factors.
One of his recent works “Paper Sculptures” are made of paper. But those are not “only” a random paper it is in connection with the history of the city. Those are texts, sheets of music which are significant for that place. For examples “Jerusalem” is created from The New Testament, The Torah, The Armenian Bible and The Koran; Las Vegas in 1972 created from texts from Hunter S. Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and Dresden in 1945 using sheet music of the score of “The Ring” by Wagner.
© Matthew Picton
Further information and more of his work you can find on his website http://matthewpicton.com/