Hello, My name is Matt Gruber. I have been drawing and making thingsfor as long as I can remember. I mostly draw for myself exploring themes of humor, absurdity, violence and sexuality. I am able to let my imagination run wild on paper. I mostly use a stream of consciousness method. The drawing evolves as I work on it and I add things that I think are funny or look cool.
I began woodworking in 2010, and started my own picture framing business in 2014. Working hands on with other artists and gallery owners has been a great way for me to make a living in fine arts.
I still aspire to be a working artist, who can make a living from selling drawings and paintings. Maybe someday I will even pay back my student loans from grad school. Until then I will continue to pump out custom picture frames and artist panels with a smile on my face.
I hope you enjoyed the show, and if you ever need framing done, or something to paint on, please let me know. J
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28 paintings and rubber stamp on paper, grommets, metal ring, ball chain
In a cultural moment where we are comprehensively tracked and traced, this piece is playing with the poetics and absurdities of camouflage, and the complexities within visibility and invisibility. Like a decorator's ring of samples, this project is a collection of fabric swatch like paintings which riff on patterns derived from the clothing, workplace, natural/built environment, digital codes and social media platforms from the daily life of Michael Reinsch. As a performance, the piece operates as a non-linear score of visual cues with space on the back of each painting for Michael to trace and record dates, locations and reflections on where/how a particular swatch resonates with what is in his field of vision over a one month period.
Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos and American, 1976-) is a master artist from the Umpqua River Valley in the South Coast of Oregon. Her studio work is multi-disciplinary. Her primary language is painting, but she also works in photography, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, video, and traditional Indigenous weaving. Her art practice branches into education and institutional reform. She comes from a family of professional artists and educators, her training began in the home. Siestreem graduated Phi Kappa Phi with a BS from PSU in 2005. She earned an MFA with distinction from Pratt Art Institute in 2007. She is represented by Augen Gallery. Her work has been shown in museums, universities, and galleries and figures in prestigious private and public collections around the world. She lives and works exclusively in the arts in Portland, Oregon.