MIXED MEDIUM: MATT TIERNEY

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By Conor Riley

My friend Matt lives in a studio with high ceilings and tons of light right off the Graham L train in Williamsburg. Anyone who lives in Brooklyn knows that this find is rarer and rare to come by. As he works out of his apartment, his walls are covered with his own artwork: an eclectic mix of painting, collage and assemblage, in which his pieces are often re-appropriated everyday materials like bricks and bungee cords, magazines, and museum paraphernalia. This re-appropriation in turn creates interesting depths and layers to his own work.

 

OAK: You work with a bunch of different mediums. What is your favorite and why?
MATT TIERNEY: Whichever best elucidates the particular idea.

OAK: Who is your mentor?

MT: Norman Rosenthal. His eye and ear are unparalleled. And per Norman’s introduction, David Hockney. He’s something of a sorcerer that one.

OAK: What do you listen to while you work?
MT: While painting: silence. Designing: anything from Missy to Miles to Mahler … I’m producing some spaced out dance music with Black Gatsby. He’s a gem. So I listen to that a lot.

OAK: What’s the best part about Brooklyn in the summer?
MT: People dripping sex and confidence. It’s already begun.

OAK: What’s your favorite piece of clothing you own?
MT: My Grandfather’s neckties.

OAK: Pick an image/photograph/piece of artwork that’s currently inspiring to you
MT: David Hockney’s working on a series of card players. They’re exquisite. And any page in the Zervos Catalogues.

OAK: What is your guilty pleasure?
MT: I love treats…

OAK: What is your favorite piece of work you’ve created?
MT: The next one.

OAK: What’s something you’ve never done but want to do in 2015?
MT: Work with my sister, Megan. She’s designing gorgeous handbags. You’ll want one.

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