Michael Christopher Matson (MCM) is a Texas artist whose practice includes glassblowing, metal sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and drawing. He began his career working in the neon sign trade with the family that constructed the Pegasus in downtown Dallas and later attended Southern Methodist University, where he earned a BFA, graduated magna cum laude, in printmaking and sculpture. MCM moved to west Texas in 2017 to begin Spade Studio and Gardens: a studio dedicated to art and nature. Spade Studio and Gardens practices and promotes biodynamic gardening and beekeeping. MCM is known for his extensive understanding of materials, processes, monumental sculptures and dramatic lighting displays. MCM seeks to produce an otherworldly experience through art:
"I am interested in monumentality and amplifying it with light. I see light like sound that can be turned up to capture the spectator. One cannot turn away; the work owns and dominates the space. Ultimately, I seek to produce works that speak to the natural world and inspire one to dream. In west Texas I found a greater purpose, I feel like I am doing something real with my life: I use my art to promote nature and my nature to promote my art." (MCM)
BFA Printmaking/sculpture Southern Methodist University-Magna Cum Laude 2010
Dallas County Community Colleges, Dallas, Texas. August 2005-2007
Ed Waldrum’s School of Neon, Dallas, Texas, March 2001-April2004. (Teacher).
Neon Specialist, Richardson, Texas, May 1990-August 1992. (Apprentice).
CRLA: Advance level tutor certification in mathematics
Full Academic Scholarship Southern Methodist University
Investigating Maya culture exploration grant (Guatemala)
Honor Roll list of distinction: Southern Methodist University
Artist Residency: Patzaquel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, Central America
Years of experience in art handling, installation and curation
Specializing in cold cathode lighting, drawing, intaglio, ceramics and metal sculpture
Highly proficient on PC and Mac operating systems
MIG and TIG welding aluminum
Casting metals, slip casting mold making processes
Neon glassblower with 30 years experience
Specializing in rare gas mixtures utilizing xenon gas
Vacuum forming plastics and vacuum process
Bomb City (2017)
Neon lighting and sculpture: Ruby Red Labyrinth. Neon
Fuck. Neon and The American Beast. steel. Used in film.
Stephen F. Austin University, William R. Johnson Coliseum Team Tunnel and Lounge. 2022.
Hearts and Minds, Abilene, TX. 11x12'. 2021
SoDA District Wayfinding. Abilene, TX. 40' 2019.
Regina Wheat Sculpture. Saskatchewan, Canada. 21’. 2012. Teaming up with Venue Arts and StraightCircle Designs. I designed a vacuum system capable of fabricating 13’ plastic parts for monumental public sculpture.
American Beast. 20’ 2011.
ART HISTORY SPECIALTIES:
Olmec, Epi-Olmec, highland, lowland and Northern Maya cultures
Head art teacher
Teaching art processes to children affected by HIV
Phi Theta Kappa 2007-(present)