by Rob White
The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission welcomed its second visiting artist, Matthew Mazzotta, as part of the public art master plan process. Mazzotta received a Masters of Science in Visual Studies at MIT and has spent much of his career using art to provoke discussion about public space.
Matthew’s lecture was on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. During his presentation, Matthew discussed his past projects and the often transformative themes they represented. Projects included Insertion Module, a wedge-shaped folding unit on wheels kept beneath stairs and unfolding to present a public tea-room complete with comfortable chairs. A more elaborate project was Open House, a collapsible community performance stage in the shape of a house and built from an abandoned home that once stood on the same property.
Matthew’s work often acted as discussion pieces spanning social, artistic and even ecological issues. During the first week of December, Matthew created temporary Outdoor Living Room installations in partnership with the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission, inviting the residents of Athens to sit and chat about their community.