Meet the artist – Matthew Stockreiter

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Nine young artists have been selected for a show titled ‘Insight – Student Exhibition 2016’, open until Monday 29th August at the greenhouse gallery, in Guernsey Museum.   The Guernsey Arts Commission’s annual student exhibition showcases a variety of art, design, media and photography from the end-of-year art shows at the College of Further Education, Grammar School, Elizabeth College and Ladies’ College; highlighting the strong creative talent consistently emerging on the island.

The exhibition is kindly sponsored by NatWest and is the sixth show of the annual series.

This year’s exhibition has been curated by GAC’s Simone Roberts and Russ Fossey.

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Introducing: Matthew Stockreiter

 

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  • Elizabeth College
  • ‘Decay’ – Prints and 3D artwork

I am a 17 year old arts enthusiast who enjoys spending time along the cliffs in the evenings or during the day. I have keen interest in landscape photography and in graphics design, so I consider myself a rather creative person. I am inspired by the natural world and recently I have begun to explore decay and how things break down over time.

In the future I hope to study a creative subject at university and hopefully find the right job in the creative industry.

Artwork:

I made the series of prints before the 3D work. I had studied the art of Robert Rauschenberg, particularly his black and red paintings and the series he made using cardboard, and these inspired some of my experiments with media and mood. Some of the pieces I looked at had a very dark and foreboding feel to them.

I made the large black piece using parts from obsolete computers donated to me by the college IT department. It took a lot of effort to dismantle the machines. I tried out various arrangements trying to achieve a balanced composition that still had a feeling of chaos and disorder. The last stage involved covering all the pieces with a thick layer of black paint which completely transformed the whole mood of the piece, to add a more fluid like natural yet mechanical texture and a strong sense of decay. It could be something from the future or the result of some kind of natural disaster.

Matthew Stockreiter - Four Prints

 


The 2016 students include: Joey Burnard, Amber Moxom, Matthew Stockreiter, Tove Barnes, Georgina Smart, two returning artists Brittany Chippendale and Sam O’Neill as well as a group media project from the Grammar School involving Katie de Carteret, Rosie Jehan and Brittany, who has two pieces of work in the exhibition.

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