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Matthew Balzekas

Nominated by the University of Illinois Chicago

1. Art is only and will only ever be information.

2. Art as information (conceptual/material formation) is not to be confused with its material construction, which enters economy.

3. In a perfect world information should always be “free” and bypass economy to the greatest extent it can.

4. Art is rarely, if ever, “free” to the consumer because of the relationships the producer (artist) and institutions that surround it have with the world. Art therefore almost always comes at a cost, betraying the very beauty of what it could be.

5. Cost arises not only from material cost (which is understandable, and hereafter negligible for it can be dealt with by the artist, patron, or audience equitably [the negotiation with state/society happens on the artists terms. Compromises may be inevitable]) but from “Intellectual Costs” or the value the artist puts on their own brain.

6. I believe the artist’s thought is their civic contribution to society and any monetary compensation for said contribution immediately devalues the whole affair.

7. Money can move through the artist into materials, but never to the artist to satisfy their lifestyle, they must always work in society. It is okay though, society will help inspire better art.

8. As an artist I strive to examine/work with/contend with/understand to the best of my ability information in as many spectrums, places, and forms as possible. To always grow with and not against any information, to never believe any information to be ultimately true (relative truths are the only functional “truths”) and to add no cost in sharing, spreading, using, this information.

9. I will always attempt find ways to be materially equitable with my audience and patrons, never value my ideas over a baseline $0.

Image: Beverly Shores, Video Loop 9:40min, Indiana 2018

Resident year: 
2018
Cohort Group: 
Artist Resident