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For almost twenty years, R. Matthew Bollinger has been working with site, process, and architectural metaphor amidst tradition and technology – to create paintings that feel both poetic and structural. Originally from Denver, Bollinger received his BAFA and Master of Architecture from the University of New Mexico and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Bollinger has exhibited nationally, including at the Lakewood Cultural Arts Center in Colorado, Amarillo Museum of Art in Texas, Augusta Savage Gallery at UMass Amherst in Massachusetts, and Harwood Art Center in New Mexico. He currently lives and works in the American Southwest and is an Assistant Professor of Art and Design at Diné College, a tribally controlled academic institution serving the Navajo Nation.

Artist Statement

R. Matthew Bollinger is a visual artist who works conceptually with site, process, and architectural metaphor to create works that are centered on painting and drawing. Stemming from art and architecture experiences, his work engages poetic and site-specific relationships between material and concept – in the domains of painting, architecture, digital technology, iterative process, environmental/social activism, and history. The line is an obsessively interwoven element within his process, metaphorically evoking psychological exploration of place, time, labor, dialogue, and topography.

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