Art Reception: Matt Haffner, Urban Memories

Art Reception: Matt Haffner, Urban Memories


Urban Memories, a collection of Matt Haffners painting, photographs, paper works, presents a story of the decay of industrialized society in the US. GC Student ellen Conner curated the exhibition in fullfillment of her Museum Studies concentration and senior art capstone thesis project. When talking about his work Haffner says, "The theme for my artwork is of the memories of a city. It's about the city itself being a collecting well for memories and those memories are still manifesting themselves in ghost-like ways." The exhibition presented in Blackbridge Hall Art Gallery shows the memories of a city and its residents that hve seen better days. The manufacturing buildings left behind, abandoned, lend themselves to be these memories and street artwork into fine art. Born in Akron, Ohio, Haffner came from a family of blue-collar workers. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Afron in Ohio in 1995, and a Masters of Fine Arts from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvanie. Haffner is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at Kennesaw State University.

March 10th, 2011 5:00 PM