Matt Dart love locks
Matt Dart lock-picking
Matt Dart Love-Locks
Daniel Arteago - Performance Restriction
Artist of the Month
Matt Dart was born in 1988 and grew up in Cornwall. Dart studied Graphic Design at Plymouth College of Art from 2007 to 2009. Dart went on to work professionally as a designer, until deciding he didn’t want the 9-5 anymore and became an Artist. Dart is currently studying Creative Arts at Bath Spa University.
Matt’s work comes in a variety of forms, it could be seen as performance, visual arts, or just pure day light robbery. Dart’s motivation for his work stems from humor, forming an idea and being able to laugh about it is a genuine motivation for making. Dart’s practice currently involved lock picking, this steamed from in 2014 part of the ‘Pont Des Arts’ bridge in Paris collapsed under the weight of locks attached by couples; relationships can get a bit heavy. Dart uses non-traditional forms like lock-picking which still have a relationship with culture or an idea to validate the process. Dart is interested in making work by taking something away or devaluing something.
Over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, Dart has taught himself to lock- pick learning to pick -locks took months of practice; although it only took one afternoon to remove a large number of people’s romantic sentiments from Pero's Bridge in Bristol. The resulting padlocks hold cultural value to some (couples), Dart’s intervention aims to interfere with this narrative and provoke a response. Responses have included being called cruel and evil.
Dart has found lock-picking engaging thing to do. It became necessary to learn how to pick a large variety of padlocks, by doing so has leant that some are easier than others to pick. Each padlock becomes a small puzzle which needs to be cracked. Dart has taught himself a number of techniques and after months of practice has become quite competent in lock-picking. Dart has taken on some interesting reading as well as using various online tutorials, but admits it does take practice, until becoming attuned with the art of lock-picking.
Dart has documented his work with video footage of him picking locks on bridges, along with photography. Dart has gone on to exhibit these padlocks, displacing them from their original purpose and place. This practice is something that is not only part skill based but also, performance as well as commenting on our society.
Matt has exhibited a larger and crueler version of ‘Lots of Love’ as part of ‘In the Meanwhile...’ 17/18 Milsom Street, Bath from 17th to 30th of May.
In The Meanwhile… is a project aims to reinvigorate temporarily redundant spaces into productive use by showcasing local Artists after the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent economic crisis has seen a large number of shops in the city center become empty.
Instagram In the Meantime: https://www.instagram.com/inthemeanwhile.bath/?igshid=763v6milw3ir
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Daniel Arteaga born in Colombia and now 3 years in London, with a degree in Fine Arts from the Department of Trans disciplinary Arts, University of La Laguna (Spain). Arteaga is trans disciplinary artist, working within the field of performance and painting, actions make his work.
Arteaga is an emerging artist; he has found many limitations in searching for materials. Arteaga’s work explores new approaches to making art, developing an ecology of the image using the materials at his disposal. Arteaga opens the debate on the modes of consumption of represented images (paintings) in the present time and how these are currently relatable in a digital world.
Arteaga’s work seeks to illustrate experiences through documentation. His work explores the capabilities of painting through video and photography. Arteaga deals with themes such as the concept of non-place, displacement within spaces, and the mechanical capacities of representation. Throughout his work the recurrent use of the mixture of disciplines is clear. Arteaga, constructs visual narratives through the intervention of urban spaces and what it means to be within the urban landscape.
Arteaga settled in the city of London three years ago, which has become his territory of exploration artistic research. Arteaga is a citizen in a constant migration, he has an obsession with connection to place, as someone who often finds himself disconnected to his local surroundings. Arteaga’s work aims to connect people, by building visual narratives from the intervention of urban spaces. Arteaga’s work uses tools such as Google maps to start as artistic research moving onto working in video and physical travel along with painting. Arteaga’s aims to create small landscapes of the city finding places that attract him. Arteaga’s process is to document the process of installation using video footage along side having to physically go somewhere, this whole journey of process becomes the artwork itself, then to complete a fraction of painting of these places found online (Google maps) are then left back in the place of origin, forming a full circle of migration of place.
During the lockdown period, and his submission for ‘Restriction’ exhibition, Arteaga had the opportunity to give form to an idea that I have been development for some time. The project ‘Titles’ aims to connect through landscapes, paintings in oil. ‘Titles’ refers to the original place the landscape images come from. For ‘Restriction’ Arteaga developed a ‘Titles' (landscape) and installed it in person in a location in the city of London. Arteaga’s wanted to store the information for the future, keeping this work as a time capsule for the uncertain times we have all experienced over the last year. The work also seeks to create a place of pilgrimage within the city of London, to search out these works that the missing piece holds within the exhibition.
Arteaga creates a story/ memory that the spectators never lived but that they could recreate if they wanted to, to be able to retrace Arteaga’s steps with access to the video footage and fraction of the painting that is within the ‘Restriction’ exhibition, a puzzle of place worth piecing together. Arteaga’s work was submitted in part on a USB drive as well as fractions of paintings removed from the location where the full painting is installed in the outside world.
There is also a video on our videos and media page with Amanda Lynch and Daniel Arteaga, featuring on Clayhill Arts digital forum.