Art or craftsmanship? Duchamp declared that anything the artist
produces is art. How anybody draws that line is not my business.
I just make the stuff.
I create things that interest me. My pieces are usually not social,
political or religious statements (At least, not that I am aware
of!). I make things simply because I like to make them.
I am often inspired by things I see in nature; a coral reef,
tropical flowers, complex molecules, even microbes. My hope is
that anybody who sees my work will feel some of the wonder and
appreciation I feel when I see those things.
Almost everything I create is interactive. What does that mean?
Almost everything I make responds to touch! Touch the glass and
see! Brightness increases. Colors change. Patterns, behaviors,
and motions change. It's never the same reaction twice.
I plan to keep making Neon Art and trying to find new ways to
use glass and light in my artistic efforts. I also plan to keep
on with my High Voltage silliness by making ever more powerful
and insane machines. One day I hope to be able to really shock
the heck out of any people crazy enough to come and see my projects!
For more about Matt, see: http://www.flaminggasneon.com/