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Matthew Ortega

Born in 1985 in New York City. Lives and works in Queens, New York.

Matthew Ortega is an artist, designer and musician working at the intersection of art and technology. He attended Mason Gross School of the Arts in the 2000s, where remix culture and questions of authorship reemerged as a result of new technologies. He was drawn to the excitement about the use of internet detritus and blatant disregard of copyright in new works of art. He primarily began to use collage and digital media to take part in this open source sense of culture. Beyond the use of traditional media such as cut and torn paper, he also worked with video and sound by using archival film and youtube clips to create fictional narratives. After a brief hiatus working as a digital designer, he acquired the skills to start creating custom software to further expand his artistic expression. Though he still works with ideas of refuse, decay, and distortion that come from remix culture, he also began to explore what technology can offer to one’s art practice.

Education

2007

  • B.F.A in Visual Art, Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Brunswick, NJ

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017

  • Making Connections: II, Citi DeFord Gallery, Queens, NY
  • Making Connections: Artists Working in Queens, Plaxall Gallery, Queens, NY
  • Studio 34 Group Show, Queens, NY

2014

  • Small Works Show at Greenpoint Gallery, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
  • Greenpoint Open Studios, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

2013

  • Connected at Cuchifritos Gallery, Manhattan, New York

2008

  • Audio/Visual Performance at Miscelanea Gallery, Barcelona, ES
  • On Producability, The Bohm Trade Center (www.frau-bohm.de)
  • Insanity, Victims, and Childhood, in Short, Filmideo Annual Series, Red Saw Gallery, Newark NJ
  • Transhift New Media Art Festival, Knoxville, Tennessee

2007

  • City Without Walls, Metro Gala, Newark, NJ
  • B.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Mason Gross School of the Arts
  • B.F.A. Juried Art Open, Mason Gross School of the Arts

2006

  • LINKS, Livingston Art Building, Livingston, NJ

Grants/Awards

2007

  • Aresty Research Center Grant
  • B.F.A. Juried Art Open, Best in Show

Conferences

2007

  • Aresty Research Center Symposium, Rutgers University
  • Technology in the Arts, Carnegie Mellon