For this week’s artist conversation I chose Matthew Dumpit’s work in the Marilyn Werby Gallery. Dumpit is a BFA (Bachelors of Fine Arts) student majoring in metals at Cal State Long Beach. After he graduates he hopes to work for a studio firm that does creative design and would also like to do showcases in LA and Seattle.
Upon entering Dumpit’s gallery you will see multiple wire sculptures large and small as well as a display where light is being reflected off of some plates of metal projecting unique patterns onto the back wall. After talking with Dumpit I found that he was largely inspired by motion, he finds it fascinating “in the way it can evoke or be used to trigger an emotion.” We also asked how long it took the complete all of the pieces showcased in the gallery and Dumpit said that everything took about 6 months in total. You will also notice that all of his pieces have a light shined on them which allows you to see the shadow being cast onto the wall. Dumpit said that he specifically chose to use a white light because he felt that they enhanced the shadows.
Something unique about Dumpit’s pieces is that they have an interactive aspect to them. All of the little sculptures have a crank and when turned it causes the pieces to move. In total there are twenty little moving contraptions all as intricate as the next. Every piece was unique in their own way but Dumpit was able to apply the moving aspect to all of the pieces. I was actually really nervous about moving the crank for the little sculptures because they look so fragile and I was afraid to break them. Dumpit explained that when he first started making these little sculptures he encountered many difficulties which caused him lots of frustration. Some of the problems he had to over come were the struggles with the engineering aspects of his pieces, more specifically was the difficulty of trying to figure out how to allow the pieces to move. He also had some trouble with the wire since it wasn’t initially straight he had to go through the tedious process of straightening them.
Although his little sculptures are quite complex and delicate the most impressive of his pieces would have to be the life size victorian style chair. The chair was created using welding wire which he fused together by using a technic called MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welding. I asked if he had a set design of what he wanted the chair to look like beforehand and Dumpit answered that he just kind of went with the flow. In the gallery the chair has a light shown on it so that you can see the piece’s shadow cast on the wall. When looking at the shadow you can really get an idea of how intricate the chair really is. Dumpit told us that it took him approximately three weeks to complete the chair.
Although Dumpit does not currently have a website, if you would like to know more about his work you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org