Wk 10 – Artist Conversation – Matthew Dumpit

img_4803For this week’s artist conversation, I got a chance to interview Matthew Dumpit. Dumpit’s artwork was displayed in the Marilyn Werby Gallery.

Matthew Dumpit is a senior at CSULB and currently majoring in metals. He started drawing when he was in elementary school. He stated that he was pretty good at drawing, then he started doing sculptures, and moved on to mechanical engineering.  The materials he used for his art pieces were cooper, steel, wood, and welded wire. After graduating, he hopes to work for a studio firm that does creative or furniture designs. Dumpit would also like to do showcases in either Los Angeles or Seattle.

When going into the Marilyn Werby Gallery, you can see sculptures made of wires. Heimg_0794 named his gallery ” Motion and Emotion,” but he did not name his artwork pieces because the pieces reflected his emotions and not an audience. The sculptures that he displayed were interactive. You can make the delicate wires move. Dumpit finds motion to be fascinating,“in the way it can evoke or be used to trigger an emotion.” In total, the entire gallery too around 6 months to make.

img_4796The little wire sculptures that he made had little cranks that causes the piece to move. Dumpit used light on his pieces, which allows you to see the shadow being cast onto the wall.  Dumpit said that he specifically chose to use a white light because he felt that they enhanced the shadows. In total, there are twenty little moving contraptions. Each piece was unique and Dumpit applied motion to every single one. Dumpit explained that when he first started making these little sculptures he encountered many difficulties which caused him lots of frustration.  Some of the problems he had to over come were the struggles with the engineering aspects of his pieces. More specifically, he was trying to figure out how to allow the pieces to move.  He also had some trouble with the wire since it wasn’t initially straight he had to go through a long straightening process.

The most impressive of his pieces would have to be the life size victorian style chair. The chair was created using welding wire, which he fused together by using a technic called MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welding. Dumpit didn’t have a set design for the chair, “I just went with the flow,” Dumpit answered. The chair had a light shown on it showcasing how intricate the metal work was. The chair took Dumpit around 3 weeks to finish. img_4797

I enjoyed Dumpit’s interactive sculpture. I was scared to move them at first, because they were all so delicate and I didn’t want to break them. I thought his use of shadows and metals was interesting. There was a shadow that looked like a ship, however the sculpture itself didn’t look like a ship.

If you would like to contact Matthew Dumpit, you can contact him through his emailmd2151@gmail.com


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