Through the month of August, I have the privilege of being an Artist at the Skyline Artist in Residence program. This residency is located in Charlotte, NC, in what was previously a Goodyear tire shop. What makes this residency unique is that this building has been scheduled for demolition in October of this year.  Soon, this plot of land will be the home of, yet another, “high-end” condo building. With the fate of the site pre-determined, the rules of a typical residency bend. I’ve been encouraged to leave a lasting mark on the space. I couldn’t not think of Conical Intersect when I was approached about the opportunity and its premise. 


Key in hand, last week i spent my first day with the space. Memories of sneaking into foreclosed spaces sent me back to a 15-year-old me. The experience was equal parts “how great it was to be a kid” and “how great it can be to be an adult.” I sat in the 100 degree heat, highlighting the smell of decades of rubber and oil, listening to the space, and exploring its potential.


The month I have here will pass quickly, but i’m honored and excited about the opportunity. 

Learn more about Skyline here.

Material test. I can tell that we are gonna be friends. #skylineCLTarts #clt

A photo posted by MATTHEW STEELE (@mtsteele) on


Often my work calls for the use of a jig in order to streamline my process and create uniformity during assembly. A jig is described as a type of custom-made tool used to control the location and/or motion of a material or another tool. Recently i was working on a small piece and i was reminded of the hap-hazard beauty that can sometimes be the result. 

Here are some interesting Jigs from the last few months.  

The jig above was used to create this stack of components. 

While making Monument to Futility I had to create a carriage to hold a pulley caster.  Sometimes my approach is a little bit intuitive.  

The result is the interior potion holding the caster.

Monument to Indecision called for this 6ft long beaut.