Matt Mahurin Exhibit at Farmingdale State College
Award winning illustrator, photographer and filmmaker
Farmingdale State College's exceptional art exhibits are created for the benefit of students enrolled in the visual communications program, but the entire community reaps the rewards.
All are welcome to view the art of Matt Mahurin, one of the most talented artists in America today. Mahurin's creativity and versatility have made him extremely successful at everything he does, from his first Time magazine cover illustration, right out of college, to directing, writing, and cinematography credits on over 200 music videos and feature films.
Mahurin has over twenty-five years of experience as an illustrator, photographer, film director and teacher. He has created political and social illustrations for Time, Newsweek, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, Esquire, The London Observer and the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times. He has directed music videos for Peter Gabriel, U2, REM, Tracy Chapman, Sting, Bonnie Raitt, Ice-T, Metallica, David Byrne, and Joni Mitchell. His documentary, "I Like Killing Flies," was chosen for the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
Mahurin's photo essays have focused on abortion clinics, mental hospitals, the homeless, people with AIDS, the Texas prison system, Nicaragua, Haiti, Belfast, Mexico, Japan and France. He has published three books of personal fine-art photographs and his photographs are in the permanent collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He has received both Gold and Silver medals from the Society of Illustrators.
Mahurin will give a special Lecture/Workshop on Farmingdale's campus on Tuesday, September 24 in Gleeson 102 from 3:05 – 4:15 p.m., followed by a lecture and digital demonstration from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. which will include traditional illustration, drawing and painting, along with conversation. An Artist Reception will follow, from 6:00–8:00 p.m. in Hale Hall's Memorial Gallery. Mahurin's exhibit will continue showing in the Memorial Gallery through October 4, 2013.
Mahurin's work often deals with difficult issues requiring strong conceptual interpretations. He has a wonderful ability to combine different genres of photography and illustration, while the work itself is seamless, and distinctive in style. "Everything is of one sensibility and it all bleeds together," he says. "I want everything to look like it came out of the same world."