Matthew Attard, 2020 (after The 3rd of May), 2020
Eye-drawing sul muro, filo di alluminio / Eye-drawing on wall, aluminium wire
Dimensioni / Size: 150 x 80 x 30 cm
Edizione / Edition: Unica
Courtesy: Galleria Michela Rizzo e l'artista
Nella serie We all see it, Matthew Attard indaga il concetto di iconografia, approfondendo la permanenza mentale di immagini e opere d’arte che rappresentano momenti storici radicati nella coscienza contemporanea.
2020 (After The 3rd of May) richiama il celebre 3 maggio 1808 (1814) di Francisco Goya, opera fortemente politica che ha ispirato diversi artisti in epoca moderna, uno su tutti Pablo Picasso per Massacro in Corea (1951).
Inserendosi in questa linea diretta, Attard realizza l’opera attraverso un eye tracker, uno strumento che permette di segnare la traiettoria dello sguardo e di concretizzarla in linee. Con un’atto di per sé performativo, l’eye tracker costringe l’artista a guardare al dipinto di Goya con particolare cura, cambiando i tempi di percezione, l’attitudine di comprensione e il focus di attenzione nel corso della realizzazione, consapevole che ogni movimento oculare contribuisce al risultato finale. Per terminare, Attard si riappropria dell’iconografia riprodotta, sovrapponendo immagini tridimensionali di protesta diventate famose durante il 2020, in cui gli agenti in tenuta anti sommossa si contrappongono al pugno, simbolo di libertà e resilienza.
Malta / Malta
Born in Malta (1987) and currently living in Edinburgh. He was accepted to pursue his eye drawing research as a practice-based PhD at the
Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, supported by the Malta Arts Scholarship scheme.
Matthew is strongly interested in situating his work within the realm of contemporary drawing. His interests include: the extension of the line within 3D spaces, the multiple viewpoints perceived by the viewer, the datafication of the line, drawing as a cyborg in dialogue with technology, drawing through the use of data, the challenging of data and the provocation of how we represent ourselves this day and age.
In 2018 he was awarded his Masters by research degree from the Digital Arts department at the University of Malta, where he had explored the possibilities of using an eye tracker as a contemporary drawing medium.
In 2009 he moved to Venice where he worked and collaborated with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the USA Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and Galleria Michela Rizzo. In 2011 he was awarded a one year-long artist residency at Forte Marghera, where he started the development of his current artistic research into drawing and perception.
Since 2012 he had the opportunity to exhibit in Venice, Rome, Valletta, Genoa, London, Beijing and Los Angeles among other cities. In 2014, Galleria Michela Rizzo invited him for the bi-personal show ‘In Between/Viewpoints’ with artist Rashad Alakbarov. During the same year he also exhibited, ‘You are a Poser!’ in Brussels, and, ‘We are All Posers’ in Bergamo during the Gamec Art Week. In 2017 he was selected for the 3rd edition of the ‘Le Latitudini dell’Arte’ Biennale, which took place at the Palazzo Ducale in Genoa, curated by Virginia Mastroverde. In 2018 he won the Under 30 Euromobil prize at ArteFiera, Bologna.
In 2019 he was selected for a third time to exhibit during ‘Ten Artists to Watch’ at LACDA, Los Angeles Centre for Digital Arts. During the same year, he was also present during the collective show ‘Soglie e Limiti’, curated by Elena Forin at Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venice. In 2019 his works were exhibited at the ‘Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair’ with Blitz, Valletta. He was selected by Ilaria Bonacossa to participate in ‘Artissima Telephone’ at the OGR spaces in Turin, taking place during the Artissima Art Fair 2019.
In relevance to his eye drawing research, he was present during the recent collective show, ‘Dinamogrammi - Corpo_Mente_Immaginario_Ideologia_Desiderio’, at Galleria Michela Rizzo (07.12.2019 – 01.02.2020). His works, which delineated the eye drawing of iconographic imagery where exhibited alongside works by León Ferrari and Nanni Balestrini, curated by Viana Conti. He is also part of the https:// reindex.galleriamichelarizzo.net/artists/matthew-attard/ online project. In 2020 he was also awarded the Be the Difference with Art - Premio Rotary.