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Matt Walker lives and works in Hamilton, Ontario. He completed his MFA at the University of Calgary and spent 8 years working and studying at The Banff Centre (Banff, Alberta). His work deals with the exploration of materials, the interaction of objects and space. Matt has shown nationally and internationally and has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and The Alberta Foundation for the Arts. He has completed residencies at Plug-in ICA (Winnipeg), Artfarm (Nebraska), and The Centre for Innovation in Culture and the Arts in Canada (Kamloops).
Drawing Blackwater, Hamilton Artists' Inc, Hamilton, ON (solo)
Device for the Emancipation of Landscape, MST, Calgary, AB
Device for the Emancipation of Landscape, The Works Festival, Edmonton, AB
Device for the Emancipation of Landscape, SAAG, Lethbridge, AB
Device for the Emancipation of the Landscape, 1812, Hamilton, ON (solo)
Open Studios, Plug-in ICA, Winnipeg, MB(group)
Fringe Festival, Urban Shaman, Winnipeg, MB(group)
Seams, Loose Cannon Gallery, Hamilton, ON (solo)
Device for the Emancipation of the Landscape, Hamilton Armouries, Hamilton, ON
New Work, Pith Gallery, Calgary, AB (Solo)
Situational, The Banff Centre, Banff, AB (Solo)
Where We Are, Exposure Festival, Canmore, AB (Public projections)
Whether, James Buttrum and Sons, Hamilton, ON (Solo)
Earth/Humanity-Organic Minimalism, LA Artcore, Los Angeles, CA (Group)
Transitional, Langham Cultural Centre, Kaslo, BC (2 person)
Four, The Other Gallery, Banff, AB (Group)
Eight Conversations, The Nickel Arts Museum, University of Calgary, (Group)
Passages, The Little Gallery, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB (Solo)
Culture: Artificial Condition, Stride Gallery, Calgary, AB (Group)
Moments, The Little Gallery, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB (2 person)
Five, Gallery 435, Hamilton, ON (Group)
Exile on James Street, deserted BMO building, Hamilton, ON (Group)
Arch, Hamilton Artists’ Inc., Hamilton, ON (Group)
Alternating Currents, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, ON (Group)
Harvest, Propeller Centre for the Arts, Toronto, ON (Group)
AWARDS, RESIDENCIES and COLLECTIONS
2013 Plug-In ICA, Winnipeg, MB
2010 Cicac, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC
2009 Art Farm, Nebraska
2013 Project Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2008 Project Grant, Alberta Foundation for the Arts
2013 Plug-in ICA, Winnipeg; Waterfront Trust, Hamilton
2012 Hamilton Artists' Inc., Hamilton, ON
2010 The Banff Centre; Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC
2009 Mcmaster University
Visiting Artist Emily Carr University of Art and Design
2004-2011 The Banff Centre, Sculpture Facilitator for Creative Residencies
2002-2004 University of Calgary, M.F.A. Sculpture
1996-2001 McMaster University, Honours B.A. Art-Studio
Brown, c.r.c., “An Armadillo is Not a Pillow", FFW, May 12, 2011, page 23.
Clintburg, Mark, “Hot Art to Talk About”, FFW, August 25, 2004, page 53.
Gorlitz, Kierin, “Device for the Emancipation of the Landscape“, (Catalogue), 2012.
Madill, Shirley, “Architectural Alchemy”, Exile on James Street (Catalogue), 2001.
Mathur, Ashok, “When Cannon’s Roar the Sounds of their Surroundings”, (Catalogue), 2013.
Patterson, Carrie, “New Bodies of Knowledge”, (Catalogue), 2009.
Vegh, Stephanie, Akimblog, March 3, 2010.
Veldstra, Carolyn, “Heading into Exile”, The Silouette, September 28, 2001, page B1.
Wells, C., “Bigger, Better, Prints in Minutes and the Search for the Derive”, Exile on James Street (Catalogue), 2001.