Matthew Parker is a native Washingtonian. As a graduate of The University of Tennessee School of Architecture the curriculum taught me ways to observe, understand spatial relationships and gather the experiences of a specific place.
My work began as a series of collages documenting the process of King Farm a suburban development in Rockville, Maryland from 1996 through 2001. I spent the next 4 years exhibiting my large format work in several solo shows in DC and New York. In 2005, my work began a pivotal turn, with an outdoor Dupont Circle Call Box, the creation of a website and finally presenting my first prints for sale at Eastern Market, the neighborhood where the Parker family lived and was a part of from the 20’s through the 90’s. Since 2005, I’ve increased my work exposure in regional Juried Art Markets from Art on the Avenue, Arts on Foot, Rockville VisArts, Downtown Holiday Market, Artomatic, Reston Fine Arts Festival” and many others. My works are also sold in the National Building Museum shop since 2006. In 2009, my collage of the Swearing In Ceremony of President Obama was featured on CNN.com and exhibited at the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue.
In May 2011, I launched the Art Trike, the District’s First Mobile Art Bike Business to sell my unique Local Art made in DC as an alternative to the typical merchandise found on the District’s city streets. It’s a custom designed “Cargo Trike” in collaboration between Matthew Parker and Haley Trikes of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I pedaled to several venues this year including Nats games outside centerfield gate as well as farmers markets.
My journey is well underway as each year I build on my experience level and challenge myself through Photographic Collages. I continue to introduce several new collages a year while also participating in 15 or more juried Art Market Shows where I enjoy meeting return customers and discussing what moves me in each scene. Recently, I have been doing business with the University of Maryland Alumni Center as well as the Washington Redskins and other professional organizations who understand the uniqueness of a custom photo collage as a gift to its members. In December 2015, my work will be displayed at the Nashville International Airport for 3 months part of Arts at the Airport.
My Photographic Collages embody movement of time, experience, memory and spatial relationships as variables captured in the scene. I begin the collage with a sketch, “the idea.” Then, rotate the camera to achieve different angles and layer each photo with an observance of a place during different times of the day or year to create a dynamic scene. When you see a change in tone from one photo to the other, it’s the result of a different time that I was at the location. I believe these multiple layers of variables engage the viewer’s eyes and body allowing one to experience the poetics of space. I am drawn to capture ordinary and everyday occurrences from my DC neighborhood, like Rush Hour, Cherry Blossoms, Nats and Caps while traveling to different regional US cities and abroad.
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