I am interested in place-making – attentiveness, noticing, recalling, and naming – through documentation of everyday practices. My work, which reference maps and other cartographic languages, springs from walking urban environments, primarily the city streets of my hometown of Seattle. Movement need not be about getting from point A to point B, but as opportunities to appreciate the movement itself. It is in this marginalized space of everyday life that poetic agency for oneself can be generated, as a means to resist homogenizing forces. In contemporary culture we try to make this process of movement as brief as possible, under the paradigms of productivity. Through everyday rhythms, a metaphorical and spiritual power is generated – be it in walking, riding the bus, gardening, making things, or simply sitting still. My projects manifest through drawing, painting, photography, collages, video interventions, walking performances, technological experiments, and in the facilitation of community walks.
Matthew Whitney is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and pedestrian. He lives and works in Seattle, Washington, and enjoys going for walks with his family.
For inquiries on speaking/lectures, exhibition, purchase of work, or commission, please contact matt at matthewwhitney dot com