October 1 – October 29, 2015
Opening: 1st Thursday, October 1, 6:00PM – 8:00 PM
4Culture, 101 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle, WA 98104
Matthew Whitney immerses himself in the poetics of walking. His gallery installation titled, A Line Amongst Other Lines, presents a personal cartography documenting his walks through the streets of Seattle. The exhibit offers a selection of large scale drawings (graphite, pastel and ink on paper) from Whitney’s investigation “seeking meaning in the space of movement”. The work derives its content from walks recorded with GPS tracking apps on a smartphone. Recording his movements with this aide, the artist is able to write text or draw images into the urban grid by the direct action of walking. He states “This process provides me a means of excavating how a line, understood as a point moving through space, can be a mark made on paper, a series of illuminated pixels, or a path made by walking.”
The foundations of this project is phenomenological discovery as well as an investigation and practice of socio-spatial relations. Walking, for Whitney, is a practice of movement and personal politics as well as a spiritual practice.
Matthew Whitney (B. 1977, Spokane, WA) is a multidisciplinary artist and educator. He grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has lived in Seattle for the past 15 years. He received his BA in Art from Whitworth University and his MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Whitney teaches art and technology courses for South Seattle College, Seattle Vocational Institute, and Northwest University. He lives and works in the Greenwood neighborhood and enjoys going for walks with his family.
More information, visit matthewwhitney.com.