MATT LYNCH 3D
Matt Lynch is an Associate Professor of Art at The University of Cincinnati and holds an MFA from Syracuse University and a BFA from Ball State University. He has worked under the name SIMPARCH since 1996 with Steve Badgett and other collaborators.
SIMPARCH creates large-scale artworks that examine the built environment in site-specific projects. Our approach is responsive to opportunity, and we are drawn to politicized subjects. Skateboarding in public space, drinking water in Mexico, sustainable living, and law enforcement practice are examples of recent investigations. Since our process is project driven, we largely operate without a permanent studio, arranging workspace appropriate to each project.
Uniting all of SIMPARCH’s projects is an overarching concern for the work’s social potential. Acting as sites for communal interaction and social exchange, these structures infuse the languages of art and architecture with a desire to connect a diverse range of participants.
Current projects include a yearlong site-specific commission for the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago. The project, “Uppers and Downers” is a collaboration with Chris Vorhees and opens in January 2012. SIMPARCH is also working on a commission for the General Services Administration at a new land port of entry in Texas. This permanent outdoor sculpture is being produced as a component of a major facility designed to control flow between the USA and Mexico.