This site is the blog and webcomic of Matt Maldre, a graphic designer and public spaces artist in Chicago.
What's on this site:
This site is a place to share interesting thoughts. Whenever I have an idea for an art project, I'll post it here and the feeback from others really helps the idea to grow and be much more. I love it when people leave feedback on my ideas.
What does "spudart" mean?
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Senior Designer/Web Marketing Strategist for Tribune Content Agency in the historic Tribune Tower on the Magnificent Mile of downtown Chicago. Some occasional illustration work for them too.
- The interview with Sixty Inches from Center said "Matt Maldre who creates probably some of the most non-intrusive, non-defacing, hyper-curious yet completely obvious forms of public art"
- I was the Gapers Block feature of the week for the Arts + Culture section in July 2008.
- Chicagoscope interviewed me about my baseball scorecard techniques in August 2006.
- Another interview by Chicagoscope in December 2007. This time we talked about a handout I designed to help save public transit in Chicago. Listen to the podcast.
My amazon wishlist. It's got a bunch of books, CDs, games, and other fun things that I'd like to get. Do you have a wish list?
According to the Myers-Briggs personality test, I'm a INTJ (the Mastermind, Free-thinker). Specifically the numbers are 77 70 38 52 (with 0 being borderline, 100 being the most). Go ahead and take the personality test. Contact me and lemme know what you are.
Theology, croquet, art (art theory, public art, oil pastels), design, structures, stats, metaphors for life, libraries, predicting fog, digging holes, toys, chicago cubs, how thing are made, benches instead of chairs, observing solar flare activity, big thick furniture, wool, welding, wrapping gifts in wacky ways, the color gray, macs, paper airplanes, dirt, window washers. View over 500 of my favorite things.
- Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art
- Mere Christianity
- The Monumental Impulse: Architecture's Biological Roots
- Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
- Synectics: the Development of Creative Capacity
- Museums and Communities: The Politics of Public Cultu
- Thinking about Exhibitions
- Criticizing Art: Understanding the Comtemporary
- Joseph Beuys (The great teacher and artist. Warmth over coldness)
- Jörg Immendorff (German artist who coined the phrase, "Painting must assume the function of the potato. He makes great paintings too.)
- Christo (A fantastic installation artist that really involves the community and all aspects of life into his art. When he can get the cashier ladies at the grocery store to discuss what is art, oh dude! That is incredible)
- Edward Hopper (Great moods established by his work. Amazing colors)
- Jackson Pollock (The studly artist himself.)
- Starn Twins (Their work is totally my aesthetic)
- Laslzo Moholy-Nagy (The masta of transparency and structure)
- Erik Maldre (creative work, my twin)
- Andy Goldsworthy (incredible arrangements made in nature from rocks, sticks, leaves, etc.)
Contact me, I'll be happy to talk.