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Matthew Haberstroh
Site #13
16 Sharon Street

Mixed media with chain link fence & rope

I am making art by using rope on chain link fence parts.  The ropes wrap, tie, and bunch on the fence parts creating surprising fabric topologies. The different textures and colors of the ropes play off the gray “rescued” fence parts.  I find that these materials bring out a bit of delight in craftsmanship unhampered by perfectionism. They steer me towards an informed layered concept but not academic.

I grew up in Southern California, and studied in the San Francisco Bay Area.  I took a bite out the Big Apple for a few years, where I showed at alternative galleries.  After having studios in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York in 1993 through a blazing snowstorm—a good dramatic omen—my wife and I moved to Somerville, near the Mystic River—we thought we moved to the country—then, not far away, in 1998 to lovely West Medford.