Great and Sameness
by Hyland Mather, aka X-O
He is a found-object -- or as he likes to say, “lost objects” -- assemblage artist. He attended Colorado State University and received a B.A. in Philosophy with a focus on Aesthetics. He has exhibited recently in
New York (Masters Projects), Los Angeles (Center for Audio Visual Expression), Amsterdam (Kallenbach Gallery) and Oregon (Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art). X-O works in both fine arts venues and as an active street artist.
X-O approaches every location where he builds his “lost object” installations in what he says is “a very Zen-like” form of hunting, collecting, and arranging objects that have been discarded or abandoned: “I like to dig through an old pile to create another pile of my own.” he laughs. “For me, it’s the challenge of making something useful from something seemingly useless. I also like the surprise of not knowing what materials I’ll have when I start, or what I’ll have when I’m finished.”
His influences include mid-century makers and designers, including Ray and Charles Eames and George Nelson, as well as artists Andy Goldsworthy, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol Lewitt, and Barnett Newman.