The head of 3D Fine Arts at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Matthew Harris, has sculptures of three heads on view at GOCA 121 in downtown Colorado Springs.
A featured artist in BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS, Harris’ work addresses the everyday difficulties of human relationship, often using humor and irony to highlight the real struggle involved in negotiating difficult situations.
“My recent series of “Baroque Selfies” questions the ways in which an individual gains social status. Wealth, physical appearance, and charming personality too often trump wisdom, compassion, and humility. Failure to gain the attention and approval we crave feeds our insecurities and drives us to try even harder. With the elaboration of social media, we are bombarded with even more opportunities to curate our public lives. These works serve both as generalized portraits of human vulnerability and as self-portraits that question my own susceptibility to self-centered perspectives.” – Matthew Harris
Harris received his MFA at the CU Boulder in 2011, and recently exhibited a sculpture at the Denver International Airport. He has also been shot at with a musket in Mexico, pushed off a cobblestone wall by a horse in Spain’s Sierra Nevada, and survived an earthquake in Peru. You can meet the artist this Friday, August 7 at 6pm during the First Friday art walk. You can view his work in BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS before it closes on August 29.