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Matt Olson of OOIEE

 

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Matt Olson is the founder of OOIEE (Office Of Interior Establishing Exterior) a trans-disciplinary studio that works on projects related to art, design, architecture, and the landscape. Their “open practice” model is based in the belief that the world makes us as much as we make it and thus is an act of poetic surrender that gives life to something that is easy to care about.

Matt's work both as OOIEE and RO/LU, his former studio, has been shown at the Aspen Art Museum, Etage in Copenhagen, Haus der Kunst, ANNEX at M+B Gallery in Los Angeles Patrick Parrish Gallery in NYC and Volume in Chicago. The work also lives in the permanent collection at the Walker Art Center and many notable private collections. 

Matt has been a visiting artist/lecturer at SCI-Arc, Cranbrook, PNCA/OCAC MFA AC+D (Portland), SAIC (School Art Institute Chicago), SCAD (Savannah). In addition to speaking about his work and “open practice,” he also tends to speak about “love, art history as a material, skate videos, Jonas Mekas, humility, John Hughes, Sturtevant, capitalism, Black Mountain College, ego, spirituality, acceptance, and the attempt to resist "self" all as an attempt to understand awareness isn't something we do, it's what we are."