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Chris Mateer
updated: 11/02/2012
website: www.chrismateer.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Moving Boxes
Moving Boxes (Detail)
Bimbo Delivery Truck
Twinkies Delivery Truck
Chicken Pot Pie
French Bread Pizzas
Animal Crackers Boxes
Mascot (Bear)
Mascot (Turtle)
Mascots Drawings (Installation Detail 1, Brooklyn, NY)
Mascots Drawings (Installation View, Diesel Gallery, Brooklyn, NY)
A Monument To Reliable Machines
Trash Cans
Stations
Strip Malls
 
Portfolio Keywords:  cartoon, autobiographical, childhood, conceptual, consumer culture, domestic, humor, illustration, social criticism, animals
 
 
Moving Boxes by Chris Mateer
Moving Boxes
Sharpie Marker on Cardboard
2012
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Moving Boxes (Detail) by Chris Mateer
Moving Boxes (Detail)
Sharpie Marker on Cardboard
2012
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Bimbo Delivery Truck by Chris Mateer
Bimbo Delivery Truck
Paint on Wood
2008
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Twinkies Delivery Truck by Chris Mateer
Twinkies Delivery Truck
Paint on Wood
2008
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Chicken Pot Pie by Chris Mateer
Chicken Pot Pie
Acrylics on Paper
2007
11" x  11" 
French Bread Pizzas by Chris Mateer
French Bread Pizzas
Acrylics on Paper
2007
13" x  10" 
Animal Crackers Boxes by Chris Mateer
Animal Crackers Boxes
Acylics on Paper
2007
11" x  14"  x Each" 
Mascot (Bear) by Chris Mateer
Mascot (Bear)
Acrylics and Ink on Panel
2008
14" x  11" 
Mascot (Turtle) by Chris Mateer
Mascot (Turtle)
Acrylics and Ink on Panel
2008
14" x  11" 
Mascots Drawings (Installation Detail 1, Brooklyn, NY) by Chris Mateer
Mascots Drawings (Installation Detail 1, Brooklyn, NY)
Ink on Paper
2007
Dimensions variable
Mascots Drawings (Installation View, Diesel Gallery, Brooklyn, NY) by Chris Mateer
Mascots Drawings (Installation View, Diesel Gallery, Brooklyn, NY)
Ink on Paper
2005-2007
Dimensions variable
A Monument To Reliable Machines by Chris Mateer
A Monument To Reliable Machines
Painted Wood, Astro-Turf, Plastic Figurines
2004
Dimensions variable
Trash Cans by Chris Mateer
Trash Cans
Woodcuts
2004
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Stations by Chris Mateer
Stations
Woodcuts
2004
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Strip Malls by Chris Mateer
Strip Malls
Woodcuts
2004
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Artist Statement
I am fascinated by the failing promises made to me within our American culture. Fast food restaurants, shopping centers, amusement parks, and other mainstays of our culture all fall short of their portrayals. These places promise convenience and gratification within a culture obsessed with reward and success. The more I observe these promises, the more I am intrigued by their power.

Through my work I explore these promises and portrayals within our culture. I am drawn to the locations we frequent and attracted to the products we purchase. We knowingly purchase unfulfilling items out of convenience not quality, and repeatedly give into product packaging and accessible advertising. As we travel, the experiences we have anticipated fall flat when we arrive at our destinations. Reality hits when roadside attractions disappoint, amusement parks are overcrowded, shopping centers are static, and restaurants are artificial.

My work mocks the promises within our American consumer culture. My intention is to glorify the familiar products, signs, architecture, and attractions that we seek out, buy into, and believe in. By simplifying and isolating these subjects, I introduce playful imitations that celebrate the appeal and failure of their originals.

Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION

1997 BFA, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
2004 MFA, Ohio University, Athens, OH
2004 Summer Artists Residency, The Cooper Union, New York

EXHIBITIONS

2008
• New Life Visual, New Life Shop, Berlin, Germany
• Memento Mori, FUEL, Philadelphia, PA
2007
• The Affair At The Jupiter Hotel, Portland, OR
(courtesy of Tinlark Gallery, Hollywood, CA)
• Faith, Diesel Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
• Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artists Space,
New York, NY
• Drawing No Conclusions, Urban Institute for
Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI
• Glorious Food, 402 Gallery, New York, NY
2004
• Summer Artists Residency Exhibition, School of Art, The Cooper Union, New York, NY
• Chris Mateer, Dustin Ogdin, Michael Tanzillo, Roy G Biv Gallery, Columbus, OH
• Twisted: A New Look At Everyday Life, OHT Gallery, Boston, MA
• Chris Mateer, Seigfred Gallery, Athens, OH
• Salt City 2003, Coyne Gallery, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
2003
• New Prints Autumn 2003, International Print Center, New York, NY, NY
• Already Played: Schopf Gallery on Lake, Chicago, IL
• Slop Art, Center of Contemporary Arts, St Louis, MO, St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN,University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA,
• Small Works, Roy G Biv Gallery, Columbus, OH
• Ex Libris, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK
• Icon, Seigfred Gallery, Athens, OH
2002
• Paper-Prints, Shanghai University College of Art, Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, and The Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
• Fusion/ Fission, Denver International Airport, Denver, CO
• Food Chain, Printmaking Council of New Jersey, Somerville, NJ
• Clay & Prints, Espai Augusti Massana Gallery,Barcelona, Spain
• Love & Sex, Printmaking Council of New Jersey, Somerville, NJ
• 15th Parkside National Small Print Exhibition,University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI
• Plain Arts IV International Exhibition, Pittsburgh State University, Pittsburgh, KS
• Tricycle Shop’s Diorama Show, The Union, Athens, OH
• Two, Seigfred Gallery, Athens, OH