Art Uncovered - Matt Jones

Premiere DateAug 7, 2012
00:00 Thomas Intro
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02:01 Matt Jones Interview pt. 1
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04:16 From the Sky Down Y.A.C.H.T.
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04:46 Matt Jones Interview pt. 2
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08:21 Outsmartener Yo La Tengo
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11:14 Matt Jones Interview pt. 3
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16:52 Atlas Battles
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19:22 Matt Jones Interview pt. 4
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24:49 Everybody's Down No Age
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26:56 Matt Jones Interview pt. 5
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29:13 For the Trees Matmos
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30:30 Matt Jones Interview pt. 6
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33:58 Posed By Models Young Marble Giants
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34:38 Matt Jones Interview pt. 7
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38:03 Evil is Coming Broadcast
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38:17 Matt Jones Interview pt. 8
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41:09 Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out Timothy Leary
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41:29 Matt Jones Interview pt. 9
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44:35 The Stakeout Sun Araw
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49:04 Finish
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Four Dimensions Existing Simultaneously

Matt Jones is an artist working in Brooklyn NY. His paintings and drawings are deeply influenced by the big mysteries of the universe — from string theory and outer space to ghosts, spirits and the paranormal.

I first discovered Matt’s work through his ongoing series of black and white “Space Paintings,” which look like vast swaths of deep space filled with thousands of star clusters. These space paintings spawned other kinds of works, so-called “Spirit Paintings” and what Matt calles “Energy Paintings” which involve pouring large quantities of paint onto plastic and then laying a black canvas on top of the swirling mix of colors. The resulting images are otherworldly abstractions that emphasize the influence that both science and the history of painting have on Matt’s work.

I met up with Matt at his studio to talk about how outer space, comic books, string theory, Black Flag and the multiverse all influence his art making.  We also dive into Matt’s feud with the color purple.

Studio shot, 2012

Matt’s studio

Studio shot

A “Ghost Painting” in progress. Note the Black Flag shirt on the figure, bottom center.

Energy 15

Spirit XLV

Enchantment #87

Enchantment #981

Host Thomas
Thomas grew up in Northern California where he fell in love with music and photography while going to punk shows and shooting skate photos. He photography in college, which may or may not qualify him to host an…

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