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Matthew Silverberg


Ukiyo-e (waterworld)
Ukiyo-e (waterworld)
Digitoms, Inc.
Digitoms, Inc.
Ma's Cuisine
Ma's Cuisine
Mega-cities (Tokyo)

Professional Experience dot Artist

Ukiyo-e (Waterworld) dot Digitoms, Inc. dot Skeins dot Ma's Cuisine dot Mega-cities

I have been working on five major projects over the last decade, while maintiining my traditional praxis of sketching, drawing, painting and photography. These five projects are all "multiples" to the degree that they represent concerted effort over the years with many "ouputs." This means a lot of editing and changes as ideas alter over time. Along with these long-term projects I have also been working on an intructional book for teaching my courses in art and multimedia arts, a number of satiric drawings in the style of Goya and Daumier, and continue to draw and paint on a regular basis.

Project Synopses (current)

Ukiyo-e (waterworld) 2008–2018

Monotypes with digitally-enhanced color

OverviewI attended several monotype workshops at the Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose under the guidance of the Master Printmaker Fanny Retzeck. More recently, I have been adding color washes digitally and printing maquettes on artist-grade papers and experimenting with digital projections.

Digitoms, Inc. 2010–2018

Vector-generated “mandala-type” objects, output to a variety of media

Overview I have been making digitom doodles with Illustrator since 2004. In partnership with Russel Berg, I designed a digital game in which users create and “mate” digitoms resulting in new ones. These can be printed, or collected, or hoarded or projected or even sold. Digitom, Inc. is trademarked. Project remains in “stealth-mode.”

Skeins 2010–2018

Vector and photographic composite prints out

OverviewI have taught color, design, digital printmaking and many Photoshop courses for years. I have also been experimenting with vector-based color blurs, fine-line meshes and distorted and masked photographic sources. Together they are skeins—wrapped and colored pseudo-objects: textures, colors and web-like covers in a blended area.

dot exhibition history Berkeley City College, College of Marin, City College of San Francisco, Subterranean Arthouse & 4th Street Fine Art.

Ma's Cuisine 2011–2018

Artist book, memoire, cookbook, ephemera, “on-demand” publication

OverwiewYears ago I worked as a chef. I also grew up in a food-friendly family of culinary connoisseurs. Ma's Cuisine has three parts—a cookbook (representing the ethnographic cullinary environment in which I grew up), a memoire of my mother's culinary influence, and an artist' book using family ephemara: snapshots, recipe cards, knick-knacks, baskets, and my paintings. It is a testimonial to memory, family, gustatory and domestic arts.

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