Hometown: Akron, Ohio
Based in: Philadelphia
Matthew Borgen is a native of Akron, Ohio. He was awarded a BFA in drawing from the University of Akron and an MFA in painting from the University of Minnesota.
Since moving to Philadelphia in 2003, Borgen has presented his installations, videos, and digital prints in regional venues including The Woodmere Art Museum, The Fleisher Art Memorial (Wind Challenge), James Oliver Gallery, The Abington Art Center; The Barbara Crawford Gallery at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy; Inliquid Gallery; and The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, New Jersey.
Nationally he has been included in exhibitions at The Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, Michigan; The 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, Florida; The Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington, Massachusetts; H Gallery, Ventura, California; and Target Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia.
More About Matthew Borgen
Describe your creative process.
In creating my prints and installations I borrow heavily from comic books produced during the mid-twentieth century, both as a source of imagery, and for the variety of compositional strategies the genre’s narrative structure suggests. I often infuse these elements with themes, compositions, or references borrowed from across the western art historical canon. I appropriate fragments of existing comic and fine art imagery and combine them into new compositions in Photoshop. I then re-draw and re-color them and output them as large format digita prints.l
Who are some artists that have influenced your work?
Anselm Kiefer, Raymond Pettibone, Philip Guston, Jim Shaw
What is the most important tool when creating your work?
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
No one can ever see the exhibition you created in your head.
Where do you go for inspiration?
I am driven by my reactions to news and current events.
University of Minnesota
United States of America, 2002
University of Akron
United States of America, 1998