Matt McCormick is an artist and filmmaker whose success spans both the art and independent film markets. He has had three films screen at the Sundance Film Festival, has had work exhibited at Art Basil, The Moscow Biennial, and the Museum of Modern Art. His film The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal was named a ‘Top 10 film of 2002′ by both Art Forum Magazine and the Village Voice. He has also directed music videos for The Shins, Sleater-Kinney, and YACHT, while also collaborating on projects with artists such as Miranda July, James Mercer, Patton Oswalt, and Calvin Johnson. Matt also won a 2007 Rosey Award for a series of global warming public service announcements he directed for MTV.
His work spans mediums and defies genre distinctions to fashion witty, abstract observations of contemporary culture and the urban landscape. His project Future So Bright maps and catalogs the abandoned spaces in the American West, while American Nutria examines the plight of an imported species while chastising capitalism’s tendency to create its own disasters. The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal makes the observation that the process of destroying one art form unwittingly creates another, while his installation piece Ride a Wave To Tomorrow’s Sunset reflects on society’s need for ‘synthetic meditation’. A collection of McCormick’s music and sound recordings titled Very Stereo was released in 2007 by Marriage Records, and his photography and installation work is represented by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery. McCormick is also the founder of both the internationally recognized video distribution label Peripheral Produce and the Portland Documentary and eXperimental Film Festival; Portland’s premiere event for experimental, documentary, and otherwise obscure contemporary cinema.
Portland State University’s Art Department offers free public lectures every Monday night of the school year. This is the third lecture of the fourth year of the PMMNLS. The PSU MFA Monday Night Lecture Series is supported in part by PICA, Reed College, Lewis and Clark College, and The NW Film Center.