Driven Snow #1484 | Pigment Prints on Matt Paper | 22" x 17" | Edition of 10 | 2011
Driven Snow #8489 | Pigment Prints on Matt Paper | 22" x 17" | Edition of 10 | 2011
Driven Snow #8649 | Pigment Prints on Matt Paper | 22" x 17" | Edition of 10 | 2011
Artist Statement: During the Minnesota winter, grit and snow gradually accumulate in the wheel wells of moving cars. Layer upon layer, these materials fuse into icy formations, conforming to the contours of the host vehicle. Regular snowfall and the persistent cold encourage these parasitic travelers to grow so dense and large that they interfere with steering. But as the season wears on, they inevitably dislodge or are kicked off vehicles into streets, driveways, and parking lots where they are crushed or eventually melted.
Andy Mattern is an artist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He holds a BFA in Studio Art from the University of New Mexico and an MFA in Photography from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Mattern’s often mundane subjects observe the unwitting collaboration between people and the built environment. His photographs and drawings cooly investigate the artifacts of unconscious actions in public spaces. Without focusing directly on people, but instead the traces they leave behind, Mattern puts an undue emphasis on the unintentional aspects of our experience. Visually, his work employs a minimal aesthetic and operates between abstraction and hyperrealism, problematizing the document and pointing to the limits of human control over our environment. Mattern’s work has been exhibited at: the Lawndale Art Center; DeVos Art Museum; Okay Mountain; Katherine E. Nash Gallery; Prøve Gallery; and the Peri Centre for Photography in Turku, Finland. His work has been published online at: Fraction Magazine, Humble Arts Foundation, and numerous blogs such as iheartphotograph, Conscientious, and FlakPhoto. He has received grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Art Shanty Projects, and Springboard for the Arts. His work is included in the Tweed Museum of Art’s permanent collection.