From Torbay To Tokyo
Watch an interview with Torbay's Matt Mahdavi, a young contemporary artist, featured in VICE magazine and recently back from a residency stint in Tokyo, Japan at Arts 3331.
Captivated by the night, Matt uses his magical machines, double exposure and layered photography to provoke discussion about landscape, life and the universe. The Shorely spoke to Matt to find out how Torbay inspires him and his experiences in Japan as an emerging artist.
Matt's residency in Japan was a result of a breakthrough article from VICE's technology publication, Motherboard. The piece covers Matt's exhibition in Urban Outfitter's Exeter store, where Matt explored Simulation Theory by creating a split in realities.
Matt's work in Tokyo continued to explore the different realities here on Earth. Situated in an abandoned school at Arts 3331 in Tokyo, Matt's 'Terminal' installation displayed photography through floppy disks (remember them?!?) - and the resulting exhibition drew audiences not only to his work on Japan, but also to that of the landscapes of Torbay - an alien world for Tokyo's city dwelling residents.
Matt Mahdavi is back in Torbay developing new projects, seeking commissions for artistic response and open to exhibition opportunities. See more of Matt's work and contact him via matthewmahdavi.co.uk/