About

Matthew Willie Garcia was born and raised in Tulare, CA.  He received a B.F.A. in Printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute and is currently an M.F.A. Candidate in Printmaking at the University of Kansas. Matthew lives and works between Kansas City, MO, and Lawrence, KS. He is as a queer interdimensional explorer, and often finds himself thinking about Lisa Frank, Star Trek Voyager, Ru Pauls Drag Race and the curvature of space-time.

Quantum States and Queer Realities is a series of works that utilize prints, drawing, projections, and sculptures that explore queer existence as quantum superpositions, or states of potential. These works explore what it means to have a multifaceted and multidimensional existence, utilizing ideas within quantum mechanics to speak about the fluid nature of existing, particularly within and among queer individuals. Quantum States and Queer Realities utilize a ribbon form as a stand-in for these quantum superpositions, these forms are an ever-changing fluid reality that distorts and simultaneously queers space-time. It is the goal of Quantum State and Queer Reality to seek out and discover what it means to have a higher dimensional existence, what does the fifth, sixth or even fiftieth dimension look, feel or act like. The work is striving to depict spaces where intersectionality meets science, science fiction meets queer theory and where all dimension collapse in and outside of space and time.


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mwgarciadesign@gmail.com

Education
University of Kansas, Master of Fine Arts Candidate in Printmaking - Anticipated Graduation Year - 2020 Bachelor of Fine Art, Printmaking , Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri - 2009
Fine Art, and Education, College of Sequoia, Visalia, California 2007 -2009

Exhibitions

2019

Quantum States and Queer Realities, Solo Show,  PLAQUE, G-CADD, Granite City, Illinois
Americas 2019: Paperworks,
Group Exhibition, Northwest Arts Center, Minot State, Minot, North Dakota

2018
Time Shifting, Installation, University of Kansas, Lawrence Kansas
Into the Breach, Instillation, University of Kansas, Lawrence Kansas

2017
Culling the Herd, 
Solo Exhibition, Vulpes Bastille, Kansas City, Missouri
Interpretation, Solo Exhibition, The Bourgeois Pig, Lawrence, Kansas
Animal Shamanism, Group Exhibition, Windhorse Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri
Truth Trust Transcend River Market Regional Exhibition, Group Exhibition, Kansas City Artist's Coalition, Kansas City, Missouri   

2016
California Winter,
Group Exhibition, Mattie Rhoads, Kansas City, Missouri
Dia de los Muertos, Group Exhibition, Mattie Rhoads, Kansas City, Missouri
EVAC, Group Exhibition, Pure Pursuit, Kansas City, Missouri

2015
CBN,
Group Exhibition, Vulpes Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

2014
KC+ Connect,
Group Exhibition, Mid American Art Alliance, Kansa City, Missouri
Culling the Herd, Solo Exhibition,  Corinth Library, Kansas City, Kansas
Beyond Skin, Group Exhibition, Johnson County Central Library, Kansas City, Kansas

2013
Untitled,
Group Exhibition, Wichita, Kansas
Untitled, Solo Exhibition, Jaskki’s, Kansas City, Missouri

2012
BFA Group Exhibition, H&R Block Space. Kansas City Missouri
The Thoughts We Had From Here to There, Solo Exhibition, Leapold Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

2011
Printmaking Group Exhibition, Box Car gallery, Independence, Missouri
Who Am I?, Group Exhibition, University of Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico

2010
Untitled Group Exhibition,
Keyhole Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri
Dia de los Muertos, Group Exhibition, Mattie Rhoads, Kansas City, Missouri

2009
Printmaking Group Exhibition,
Foundation Space Kansas City, Missouri

Print Exchanges

2011
Nonsensical Gibberish, Kansas City Art Institute and College of the Sequoias, Kansas City, Missouri  and Visalia, California

2010
What I Am Doing Today is What I Was Thinking About Last Week, Kansas City Art Institute and Kansas University, Kansas City, Missouri and Lawrence, Kansas

Publications

2017
The Hand,
Issue 15, The hand Magazine