Get the insider's view into one of our favorite artist's wacky work space.
Matt Maust is one of our favorite artists we carry in the shop. His work is a chaotic layering of ideas, materials, and colors- just like his Los Angeles art studio that we got to tour. See why we're mesmerized by not only his work, but also his creative safe space.
Consort: Did you undertake formal training within the art industry?
Maust: I took Graphic Design as a major in college, but it wasn't really at an art school or anything. I designed the yearbook and that's how I was taught graphic design. I relied heavily on the Xerox machine in the library. It was old and had a really cool effect. I started taking it seriously when I started designing friends' album sleeves.
C: What inspired you to start showing and selling your pieces?
M: I thought it sounded fun to try and have an art show and my friend said we do a collab show together so it wouldn't put too much pressure on either of us. Also, we'd get double the traffic because we were both showing. I didn't think too hard about how it would be received.
C: Tell us about your studio space, how it influences your work and supports your design process.
M: My space is very messy and feels like a character in my life. It's a fermenting ground. I get/buy a lot of things for the pure enjoyment of buying it, and sometimes it takes a long time to become something else or to find its way into a piece. It's a great place for letting things age.
C: What part of the process excites you the most?
M: Lately, framing things is really exciting. When it's winter, starting a piece is more exciting. Something to do with the heat maybe...
C: What's your design signature?
M: I'm not sure what a design signature is, but I tend to stamp my name on most pieces- "Maust".
"bar italia" by Matt Maust ($2700)
C: Do you ever do commissioned pieces?
M: I will do commission pieces. I don't think I really fear them. I don't have much opinion either way on them, it's cool either way.
C: What would you most like to make that you haven't made so far?
M: I would like to make a couch or a candle. I designed a bed once but I think a couch would be cooler than a bed.
C: How has your work evolved?
M: I think my style of work in general started very much outside of the computer, and then once I went to college it was very much inside the computer, and now it's very much in both worlds.
C: What do you enjoy doing apart from making art?
M: I like going to movies, usually solo. Too many of my friends look at their cell phones in the movies and it bugs me.
C: Where do you see yourself and your work in five years?
M: I don't think too much about the future because I'll never get there. An annoying answer I know, but if I set a goal, I most likely will never get there. I would like to have more of my pieces in more people's collections. I think it would be fun to do art for a restaurant but it would have to be a really great restaurant.
"liar/faker" by Matt Maust ($550)
C: What is your first memory?
M: Disneyland Main Street when I was 4... and I might've made that up.
C: What is the first piece you sold?
M: A big 5' x 5' canvas and I think it said "Viva la Revolution." It was pink canvas with the silhouette of an old 70s car with no wheels done with yellow spray paint. I sold it for $400 in college to our only friend that had money at the time.
C: What can you first remember really wanting?
M: Oh! The Galaxy Commander, it was the most expensive of al the space Lego sets. My brother and I would hide it at the toy store so no one would be able to buy it. I still don't have it.. (begins and quickly finds said Lego set on eBay, going for $400).
C: When was your first kiss?
M: I was 17, on the steps of a church in Visalia.
C: What was your first car?
M: The first one I drove was a '72 Mercedes 280 SEL 4.5 something... It had a navy blue body with a white top.
C: What was your last phone call?
M: It was with Nathan Warkentin- talking about our t-shirt line that we're about to launch. We were chatting about something top secret.
C: What was your last meal?
M: A Starbucks sandwich, the turkey breakfast one.
C: When was the last time you were drunk?
M: After the UCB comedy set last week... I think.
C: What was the last emoji you used?
M: I sent Miss Connie Ha a fire emoji.
C: When was your last vacation?
M: My last true vacation was last year. Milan, Como, & Zurich for about a week.
Photos: Neelo Noory
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