Matt Austin


is a Chicago-based artist and educator

Photograph by Oriana Koren

Photograph by Oriana Koren


Matt tends to apply his approaches to art making in all facets of his life: working, teaching, getting older, having dinner, etc. Though his practices vary widely - from making photographs to publishing books, hosting dinners to building benches - his work remains focused on the importance of honesty and learning from others. Many of his creative projects are motivated by tragic experience and frequently engage the idea of learning to appreciate through embracing difficulty. Inspired by failure and often motivated by fear, he mostly demonstrates his enthusiasm for living by trying things out.

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