No Place

When natural and material paradise collide.

"With A View"

Silkscreen Print 22" x 30"

"Last Resort"

Silkscreen Print 22" x 30"

"Place's I'd Like to Park (#1)"

Silkscreen Print on Inkjet Print 28" x 20"

"Rooftop Garden"

Silkscreen Print 22" x 30"

This piece originally appeared in the Sage Magazine 2017 Print Edition: Justice Out of Place.

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Our society possesses an underlying utopian drive. It is a drive that is at odds with its outcome, and there exists a strong tension between permanence and progress, natural and constructed. I use this relationship between the natural and built environment as a way of examining cultural value systems, the quest for the ideal, and my own conflicted relationship with those ideals. My images are both satirical and earnest, a standoffish sarcasm colluding with a hopeful beauty. I create the compositions digitally, cutting and pasting together photographs I’ve taken. I then turn them into drawings which I silkscreen print. I print the colors one by one, so each color is its own separate drawing.

Matthew Van Asselt

Matthew Van Asselt

Our society possesses an underlying utopian drive. It is a drive that is at odds with its outcome, and there exists a strong tension between permanence and progress, natural and constructed. I use this relationship between the natural and built environment as a way of examining cultural value systems, the quest for the ideal, and my own conflicted relationship with those ideals. My images are both satirical and earnest, a standoffish sarcasm colluding with a hopeful beauty. I create the compositions digitally, cutting and pasting together photographs I’ve taken. I then turn them into drawings which I silkscreen print. I print the colors one by one, so each color is its own separate drawing.

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