“Say Good Bye And Say It Real Fast” an interview with Vancouver artist Mat Bushell.
How was your day?
I wonder if it’d be okay if we re-do the interview we started last week?
This past year was a busy one for you as you were part of the group exhibit Making Real at The Or Gallery and Enacting Abstraction at the Vancouver Art Gallery. All very exciting. The work you made for both shows was intriguing. I understand you’re using vinyl instead of paint? Can you talk about your process for making these works?
I use software to make the drawing on a computer, then that drawing is cut in vinyl and applied to the wall. About inspiration, normally my work is the result of being in the studio, preoccupied with developing interesting formal situations, so I’m never really starting from scratch with a blank canvas and an “inspired moment”. Inspiration moves in and out of usefulness the same way various tools do, it comes from shrubs and sci-fi, it’s a constant I don’t really think about.
Your work was very different from the other artist’s in the group show at the Or Gallery. Can you talk about the inspiration behind combining yourself with the artists in this show? (Guido Molinari, Monique Mouton, Richard Tuttle)
You’d have to ask Eli Bornowsky (The curator of Making Real) what his inspiration was, I didn’t pick who was going to be in the show. I was simply invited to contribute.
Were you aware of Richard Tuttle’s work before you participated in the show?
Did you get to spend any time with him while he was in town?
A little, but he was only here for a few days, not even long enough to make the opening.
Did he impart any words of wisdom?
He was very knowledgeable and ready to discuss anything, but there wasn’t much time get into anything.
Not one memorable anecdote?
I seem to remember him talking about theories of creativity over theories of art – that had an affect on me, creativity trumps art.
What do you mean by that last statement?
I think that a theory of creativity is a more inclusive concept than a theory of art.
Can you please explain what the difference between the two theories are?
Ok then, I’ll have to email Richard about that one. Moving on…..you traveled to New York in the spring, what was the most memorable about the trip?
Do you have a favorite gallery?
I find it hard to believe? There’s not one gallery that keeps you coming back for more?
I like what’s in the galleries and that’s always changing, I could care less who’s name is on the door.
Yes yes, I agree. It matters not the name on the door, it’s what’s inside that counts! Last but not least you modeled for us in Portland for the collaboration that we did with Stand Up Comedy boutique. Do you see yourself modeling in New York to pay your way thru school? You’re very good!
No I will not be modeling again, I got a scholarship.
Well thanks so much for taking the time to talk, I wish you all the best.
Mathew will be attending Yale University in the fall to pursue his Masters in Fine Arts.