J. Matthew Thomas converts discarded consumer waste into constructed landscapes. Using the tools of the architect, he builds surfaces; and through a process of adding and subtracting, he creates new configurations of contemporary environments. Through this series of actions Thomas contemplates our occupation of space, the making of place, and ultimately the control we have exerted over land. Read as maps, drawings, or blueprints for the contemporary landscape, this phenomenological approach exposes consumerism and our objectified perspective of land, revealing a ‘new nature’ in the Anthropocene.
The exhibition will continue through January 7, 2019.
J. Matthew Thomas is an artist, architect and community organizer based in Taos, New Mexico. He uses the tools of architecture to explore both social and aesthetic patterns, confronting issues of identity through community activation and material culture. With solo exhibitions at Central Features in Albuquerque, and at the Taos Center for the Arts, Thomas’s mixed-media paintings are well known throughout New Mexico. His work has also been exhibited in Germany and at Vivian Horan Fine Art in New York City. He received the Visionary Artist Award from the Peter & Madeleine Martin Foundation for the Creative Arts in 2015.
Thomas creates platforms for local engagements through The Paseo Project, an initiative that fuses art and temporary events as the impetus for community involvement and transformation. He regularly curates events and community programs at The Harwood Museum of Art, Pecha Kucha Night Taos, and The Paseo Project. Thomas received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Kansas State University and a Master of Arts in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University.