Matthew Whitney is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and pedestrian based in Seattle, Washington.
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I am an artist that makes work about walking landscapes, examining the movement itself as a form of spatial poetics, as well as how social movements within in a space are both determined by the space, but simultaneously shaped by the ways in which it is used. My practice utilizes film and digital photography, drawing, and GPS tracking software to both document and generate aesthetic forms around pedestrian action. Thus I consider how the direct action of walking can be a means in which the landscape’s “text” is actively written, in the journey of the body as a line, and the social creation of the landscape as aesthetic composition.
It’s a form of reverse-embodiment, in which the real encounter becomes charted by the 2D. I write and draw not just by pen and paper, but also by using GPS technology to record my paths through a landscape. In other words, I am able to write text and draw images into the urban grid by the direct action of walking. My practice thus intersects between the 2D, the 3D, the real and the virtual, simultaneously. Movement is thought of as getting from point A to point B – be it in walking, riding the bus, gardening, making things, or even sitting still. The constant of durational time makes non-movement, or being static, an impossibility. I am, as most of us are, attempting to feel my way between all these realms in which we daily operate.