Matthew DiTullo [mditullo]
What do you do? How do you define yourself as an artist?
I am a multimedia artist. For me, art is more about an idea rather than a product... But aesthetics go a long way too.
Your biography in four lines.
A graduate from Chester College of New England, DiTullo is a new media artist interested primarily in video and mixed media works. DiTullo now resides in Portland, OR. There, he is focusing on his artwork which ranges from process oriented video work to geometric drawings.
Do you upload your work to the web? If so, where could we see it?
How is an idea born? For you, what is inspiration?
My inspiration comes from observing reality in its simplest geometric constructions.
What role does technology play in your creative process?
A lot, I use my computer for online networking, website, and most importantly creating my video work.
What is art?
not to be new agey... but everywhere
When do you get your best ideas?
Winter and spring time.
How do you evaluate whether an idea is good or not?
If it makes me feel like why haven't I thought of that. If it makes me tingle inside with excitement.
Three creative ideas that you would have liked to have created?
Paint about painting, sculpt about dimension, photograph about narration.
When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?
When I wanted to stand out from other classmates in my college.
Do you consider yourself postmodern?
I consider myself a Neo-Minamalist.
Which artists do you admire and how do they influence your work?
Agnes Martin for her playful and positive wisdom, and her amazing geometric aesthetics.
Piet Mondrian for his ideas about art being pure.
Dan Flavin for allowing everyday light fixtures to become high art.
Sol Lewitt for his Sentences on Conceptual Art.
Douglas Gordon for his amazing work appropriating what has already been created.
Marc Rothko for the way he moves me emotionally.
Ellsworth Kelly for the way he took inspiration from objects in the real world.
Dan Graham for his meshing of architecture and art.
Donald Judd for just the way he is awesome.
What do you think about public funding for the arts?
I think it's necessary.
Is art necessary?
Does it pain you to let go of a piece you have sold?
No, because I document them myself for my personal enjoyment. I feel more success selling the work and knowing others are enjoying it.
In art, there is no guide. How do you know what the next step is?
The next step is to alway be your own individual.
How do you feel about the fact that the pieces exhibited in contemporary art museums are often of artists already deceased?
I feel fine about it -- I enjoy seeing their work. It's all about the quality of the work and idea, I don't care if the artist is dead or alive.
Do you personally collect any items?
I collect jazz records, and collect beers by logging every one I have sampled. I am currently at over 1200 unique beers.
Which websites do you frequently visit?
ratebeer, beeradvocate, artinfo, facebook, vimeo,
What advice would you give to those just beginning?
be unique, but respect what exists.
Portland, Oregon, United States