There is desire in a highway. There is resilience in a dam. There is triumph in a bridge. These icons are steeped in intense labor. Matthew Steele is heavily motivated by infrastructure. There is a certain poetry to the lengths we go to, to feel connected. He is interested in how technologies of the self are often reflected in the physical technologies that we produce. He sees icons of infrastructure as manifestations or gestures of our grand intention; to transcend the greatest obstacles we know. It is his intent to personify our internal technologies through depictions of these utilitarian endeavors.
Matthew Steele is a artist and graphic designer living and working in Charlotte North Carolina. Often utilizing the aesthetic of function and industry, Steele draws parallels from the made-made and human technologies of the self. With a BFA in sculpture from Indiana University, Steele came to Charlotte in 2012 for a McColl Center for Art + Innovation Artist Residency. Steele has work in collections nationally and internationally, including the Art in Embassies program.