Matt Wolcott

Matt Wolcott

Visual artist

May 16, 2013


Fresh off the great success of Artomatic 419!, visual artist Matt Wolcott is showing two exhibits in the near future. The first is in Columbus, where he continued his art education several years ago. And the second is later this month at Leso Gallery in Toledo: Where it all started. "Progression" and "Persistence" are their titles, respectively. We caught up with this up-and-coming Toledo native to hear more about his work and ambitions. Don't miss the opening reception for "Persistence" on May 25th from 7-9 p.m. 

Tell us more about some of your past projects?
I have been creating and displaying my paintings and drawings professionally since 2003. My first exhibition was a group show at Skylab, in Columbus Ohio; in 2004, I exhibited at the Warehouse Gallery in Columbus; I was part of a select Ohio art league and the Roy G Biv exhibitions in 2005; and I had a one-man show at Stuaf's in Grandview, Ohio the same year.

In Toledo, I have participated in the 2009 art walks, and most recently, the 2013 Artomatic 419!, where I served on the Visual Arts Committee.

What current projects are you working on?
Right now, I have a one-man show called "Progression" at the Sean Christopher gallery in Columbus' Short North arts district. I am also part of a two-man show called "Persistence" at Leso Gallery in Toledo with fellow abstract artist Laura Makar. I owe this show to the volunteering aspect of Artomatic 419.  I was working the registration table with Brad Scherzer. Through a series of studio visits, email tag, and an introduction to the gallery owners Adam Soboleski and Amber LeFever at Sam Barton’s opening reception, I was offered the opportunity to show with Laura. I think our work complements the other’s vey well. I am interested in seeing how everything comes together. "Persistence opens Saturday, May 25th with an opening reception from 7-9 p.m. at Leso Gallery, 1527 Starr Avenue.

What advantages does being in Northwest Ohio/Toledo offer your efforts?
The cost of living is really cheap, and there really isn't a lot to distract you from making your work. There is also my favorite source of inspiration: the Toledo Museum of Art.

Tell us about one of your greatest successes.
Continuing to make paintings ten years after graduating art school. Being an artist is hard. I used to think I had to sell work to be successful. But the more I grow as an artist, the more I realize that as long as I am still creating, I am a success.

Tell us who or what gives you inspiration?
I draw a lot of inspiration from hip-hop culture, comic books, advertising, and especially street graffiti. I love tagged up trains and dumpsters.

Tell us about your background.
I studied fine art at the University of Toledo, majoring in sculpture and studying under Tom Lingeman and Barbra Miner.

In 2001, I began to study painting and drawing at the Ohio state University under the tutelage of Alan Crockett, Pherois West, Stephan Pentak, Georg Himdel, and Lynn Umlauf. But I’ve actually been drawing comics since I was a kid.

Do you have a motto or favorite quote you try to live by?
"That's F@&$*** Awesome!"

Favorite place for local culture?
People-watching at local coffee shops, Mud Hens games, and my favorite, the Westfield Mall food court.

Toledo’s “best kept secret” is . . .
The 577 Foundation, I have a community garden plot there and it is F@"&*** awesome.  And they have sweet art classes, too.

My favorite place to chill locally is . . . 
Maumee River Yacht Club pool. The view is spectacular.

My favorite natural space in the Toledo area is . . . 
Side-Cut Metropark in Maumee.

When I’m not working hard, I can always be found. . . 
Making soup or working in my garden.

If you could change anything about the current landscape for creative, progressive people . . .
Keep good jobs in Toledo and expound on the success of our art museum.

Any exciting collaborations (past or present) you would like to tell us about?

I am collaborating with Portland artist Jon Stommel in a project dubbed "P3n Palz" in which we exchange artwork with each other through the mail, work on it, and send it back and forth to be worked on. I am very exited to see what is created. Stommel is an exceedingly talented artist.

Name one person (living or deceased) who you would love to collaborate with.
Philip Guston.

Name a CD, book or website you can’t live without.
"Letters to a Young poet"- Rilke

3 words that best describe me or my work are . . .
Baller, Baller, Baller.

Give us 5 Desert Island Album picks.

Rza- Bobby Digital

Count Basie vs Duke Ellington

Gza- Liquid Swords

Gangstarr- Moment of Truth

De La Sol- Stakes Is High

My biggest vice is . . .
I smoke a lot of cigarettes!

I’d like to see __________ in Toledo.

The Old South End restored.

The last lyric that moved me was . . .
"The name of the game is persistence, motivation, resistance to stagnation"--Talib Kweli

One movie character I identify with is . . .
Andy Dufrain in Shaw Shank, minus the whole getting raped thing and being incarcerated.

The best gift I’ve ever received was . . .

My most inspiring moment was/is . . .
6-8 p.m. the sunlight at the time makes things look really sweet.

I want my last meal to be _______________.


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