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Matthew Griffin

Aske 2007

Museum of Contemporary Art, donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Henry Ergas, 2009

cardboard, plastic, hair dryer, ping pong balls, paper, electronic sensor

H 650 W 290 D 360cm

About the Artwork

Matthew Griffin’s preference is to make pieces quickly with the dynamics of particular exhibition spaces in mind. In his practice, he works with a range of materials and found objects which gives him the flexibility to exhibit outside the gallery system in less orthodox spaces such as artist-run initiatives and in private houses.


A conceptual artist with a punk sensibility, Griffin brings a radical sense of humour to contemporary, pop and sub-cultural forms, thereby critiquing the role of art and the ‘art world’ – metaphorically banging his head against their limitations in feral work that riffs on jokes, puns and art world references.


Aske is an interactive work that, delivers a vision of ‘aesthetic delirium’ (1). Constructed from a cardboard cylinder with a collaged face, the work features bloodshot ping-pong ball eyes that shoot wildly out of their sockets and into the air on the approach of the viewer. Determinedly lo-fi, the work is powered by a hairdryer and prompted by a movement sensor.

References

1. Matthew Griffin quoted in Edward Colless, ‘Matthew Griffin: Punk’d’, Australian Art Collector, Issue 42, 2007.


Quotation: Matthew Griffin, quoted in Edward Colless, ‘Matthew Griffin: Punk’d’, Australian Art Collector, Issue 42, 2007

I enjoy grunge, vulgarity, hardcore punk, sure. But the thing still has to work … You can always play with things in new ways, making work that’s fun and funny. Even sometimes wondrous.

Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin

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b.1976

Matthew Griffin was brought up on a farm near Bendigo, Victoria. In 1998, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) at the Victorian College of the Arts. He has also been a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces in Melbourne. Matthew has recently re-located to Brazil. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows both in Australia and overseas.

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