How I Successfuly Organized My Very Own Wall Stencils Stickers
From Botticelli to Banksy, artists accept generally acclimated alternating names as a way to analyze their artistic mark on the world.
For Matt Wells, his characteristic moniker came from a seven-foot-tall, green, scaly-skinned reptilian humanoid cryptid said to abide the swamplands of South Carolina: Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp.
‚ÄúWhen I was a teenager, I had a T-shirt I wore way too generally with some awkward artwork of the Lizard Man,‚ÄĚ Matt says. ‚ÄúHe lives in a swamp, rips up cars, attacks bodies at night. It‚Äôs apparently bullshit, but I actually like that one. ‚ÄėLizardman‚Äô started as a nickname, again a tag, a username, and at some point, I aloof active all my assignment with it.‚ÄĚ
Whether ‚ÄúLizard Man‚ÄĚ is allegorical or not, this Lizardman has consistently let his apperception run wild. ‚ÄúI‚Äôve been absorbed with science fiction forever, machines, intricate stuff, alarming stories, apple history, satire,‚ÄĚ the 35-year-old artisan says. ‚ÄúWith paintings, I‚Äôve abstruse to embrace absorption in the process, and aloof run with things that I alone anticipate are funny.‚ÄĚ
Screaming skulls. A steampunk Steamboat Willie aloft weapons of destruction. Post-apocalyptic astronauts traversing through tentacles, blimps, and bouncing colors. It‚Äôs ‚Äúdense, frantic, clunky, but funky,‚ÄĚ he explains.
And that‚Äôs true, whether it‚Äôs his abandoned assignment or pieces of art fabricated by the baby aggregate Matt co-founded in 2009, Rogue Citizen. While alive as a building aegis bouncer at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Matt and some adolescent guards acquainted balked and brackish as beheld artists. Banding together, the assemblage fabricated stickers, collaborative paintings, murals, and put on alive art shows and arcade exhibitions, including a annoying accession centered on basic punishment. The accumulation has developed to undertake commissions and assignment with activity unions and amends campaigns.
‚Äú[Rogue Citizen] has actually afflicted how I action as an artist. Expanded horizons and all that,‚ÄĚ says Matt of the now-sextet aggregate of artists Dalsen, Blaster, McGorry, Ugaso, Goat Henke, and himself. ‚ÄúAnd I anticipate that‚Äôs accurate of anybody in the crew‚ÄĒa lot of opportunities we would never accept had otherwise.‚ÄĚ
And absurd opportunities abound. As a atypical artisan and as a affiliate of Rogue Citizen, Matt has formed on art for Sean Anonymous, Soul Asylum, and Doomtree, beheld campaigns for Minnesotans for a Fair Economy and Service Employees International Union, murals at the Kitty Cat Klub, Iron Door Pub, Cabooze, and LynLake Brewery, and some beer logo designs, bank art, and packaging for Modist Brewing.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm advantageous to accompany the affair I‚Äôm accountable to do,‚ÄĚ Matt says of his activity as a full-time artist. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs the best job I‚Äôve had so far [‚Ä¶] and I‚Äôve done affluence of added jobs, but I knew I‚Äôd be afflicted if this affair didn‚Äôt comedy out somehow.‚ÄĚ
Whether through Rogue Citizen or his Lizardman moniker, Matt‚Äôs assignment displays a antagonistic admixture of biological and technological. The pieces attending like article you‚Äôd see out of ‚ÄúThe Matrix‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúThe Terminator.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúI try to break abreast about technology,‚ÄĚ he reveals. ‚ÄúAnd I apprehend too abundant news‚ÄĒreal news. I should maybe apprehend added of the affected stuff, it ability ammunition some altered artistic ideas. Hillary awash uranium to Obama‚Äôs reptilian overlords, being like that.‚ÄĚ
Just like his artworks, the apple we alive in is additionally dense, frantic, clunky, and funky. And with layers of mixed-media images, graffiti culture, aerosol acrylic stencils, amusing commentary, and adorable representations, Matt is aperture beheld windows to this absoluteness and beyond.
Name: Matt Wells
Hometown: Cedar Grove, WI
Currently Resides: Minneapolis, MN
Medium: Ink, acrylic, aerosol paint, digital