Toby Chapman (Co-curator)
Matt Huppatz (SA)
Join exhibiting artist Matt Huppatz and exhibition co-curator Toby Chapman for an artist talk examining the development and creation of his large-scale new works, on show in Into My Arms.
MATT HUPPATZ is an artist and thinker based in Adelaide, South Australia. His work draws upon everyday and altered experiences, often touching on areas of dark and colourful transgression. The nightclub and related underground sites have offered fertile ground for his practice, being contradictory places of community and freedom, chaos and dissolution. Huppatz is interested in our search for meaning in a post-capitalist world, and the narratives we use to construct ourselves (as individuals, subcultures, and societies). Recent text-based works explore the potential of language to be both a liberating and controlling force in this process. These works betray an interest in the borders of language, and the sites and states where it begins to break down. Huppatz has shown in group and solo shows in Australia and abroad, including: Threads, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, 2018; FELTcult at Hobiennale, Hobart, 2017; Soft Spot/Hard Feelings, Holy Rollers, Adelaide, 2017; Queer Passages, SASA Gallery, University of South Australia, 2017 (solo); Dug and Digging With, Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AEAF), 2016; Work! AEAF, 2015 (solo); Sydney Contemporary 13; Mildura Palimpsest 9, 2013; The Utopia Project: LA, Concord Art Space, Los Angeles, 2013; Instinct, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, 2012; Supermarket Art Fair 2012, Stockholm; SOFT CORN, FELTspace, Adelaide, 2010; Shed Light Works, Project Space, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, 2009; and Hatched09 National Graduate Show, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, 2009. Huppatz completed a PhD (Visual Arts—Major Project) in the School of Art, Architecture, and Design at the University of South Australia in 2017.