Matt Lambert was born in Detroit, Michigan U.S.A. As a child he spent half the year in the urban city of Detroit and half in a protected forest in Ontario, Canada. He currently resides and maintains a independent studio practice in Detroit. Lambert holds a Masters from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Metalsmithing (2014) and has apprenticed as a leathersmith and antique rug restorationist. As well as studying Art and Design Lambert holds academic degrees and notations in Psychology/human sexuality, Art History and American Studies from Wayne State University in Detroit (2012). In 2016 Lambert became the first international jeweler/metalsmith to be an invited 6 month resident artist of the Swedish Arts Grants Committees International Programme for Visual Arts (IASPIS) in Stockholm Sweden.
Lambert’s work looks at the blurring of systems that function through hegemonic binaries and scales. His work combines technological and hand process to create hybrid/chimerical forms that directly engage or address the masculine body. Division of fields and spectatorship vs. participation become interchangeable to create a new vernacular that explores the body as being, object and commodity. The concept of linear time is fractured through the reconfiguring of objects made over long periods of time and go on to form assemblages and instillations. This enables the work to exist within a queer temporal framework. Lambert is the recipient of the 2017 Next Generation Award from Surface Design Association.
Lambert’s work has been collected internationally as well as being shown at venues such as ArkDes Sweden’s National Center for Architecture and Design (Stockholm Sweden) Kunstnerforbundet (Oslo, Norway) the Norton Museum of Art (Palm Beech, Florida), Craft Council of British Columbia Gallery (Vancouver, Canada), Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern (Munich, Germany) Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Collective Design Fair (New York, NY) and the Queer Culture Center (San Francisco, California).
Breakout Session: Failing Epically
The only things you should ever count on is failure so expect it, embrace it and do it epically…..
Lambert will discuss the development of non material defined work from his studio using archival research as a starting point and his lack of fondness for sketching, or planning ahead in general and the failures that result from this process. Although not driven by a metalsmithing/jewelry practice through material Lambert will talk about the importance of the mentality of a smith when approaching his work both in physical objects and their digital representations. After a general overview of his practice Lambert will focus on the process of developing RAW, a system of woven leather, which incorporates the use of technological process and human error. The process will be discussed from both a theoretical research perspective and in relation to the materiality of leather. A physical demonstration of the weaving process will also be shown. Leather as material and additional working techniques will be discussed as time allows.