Matt Barton (b. 1975, Evansville, IN) lives in Colorado Springs, CO. His artistic practice spans a broad range, including immersive multi-media installations, sound and video works, kinetic sculpture, absurdist performances, and outdoor projects that merge sculpture, architecture, and landscape design, often instigating socially activated experience through the creation of novel spaces and environments. Research areas have included aquaponic farming systems, sensorial therapies, sustainable construction methods, and play.
Barton received his MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, and has exhibited at The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland; Art museum of Nanjing, China; Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe; and CU – Boulder Art Museum, CO.
I Think I Feel Something (detail), 2014, mixed media, MCA Denver. Photo by MCA Denver. — View detail
Space/Time Observatory, Ojai, CA, 2017, wood, diffraction grating, 24' x 16' x 14' — View detail
Matt Barton, Soft Something, 2018, installation view, Understudy. Photo by Third Dune Productions. Courtesy of the artist, Black Cube, and the Denver Theatre District. — View detail
Mysterium Tremendum (collaboration with Scott Johnson), 2016, UC Boulder Museum, mixed media, 120' x 40' — View detail
Pretty Much Everything. All The Time., 2019, mixed media, 6' x 10' x 6' — View detail
YESRAD, Center for Radical Positivity, 2011 (ongoing), wood, stone, perennials, water, fish, 12' x 14' x 14' — View detail
Metatron's Cube, 2014, steel, 11' x 11' x 11' — View detail
Dome, 2010, pine saplings (collected from fire mitigation project), 14' x 10' x 10' — View detail
Extreme Animalz: Part 1, 2005, mixed media, 8' x 8' x 4' — View detail