Matt Hope engineers mechanical objects and sculptural works comprised of steel, custom hardware, machinery and audio components. Elements such as speaker systems, solar panels, vehicles and shipping containers are combined into electromechanical sculptures that operate on a human scale and invite environmental input.

Some of Hope’s most formative experiences can be clearly traced in his work - a total immersion in rave and sound system culture, most significantly with speakers, as well as working on building sites. Rave culture and engineering technology, both with their promises of utopia, are treated with obvious enthusiasm as well as a certain critical distance, perhaps even tending towards nihilism.

Growing up in London, Hope studied at Chelsea School of Art, London in 1994–96. He received his BFA at the Winchester School of Art, Hampshire, U.K. in 1999 and earned his MFA at University of California, San Diego in 2004.

Some of his most well-known works include The Series of Tower (2010), the London apprentice Series (2006), and ‘Breath’, a bike that combines various found objects, including an electromechanical filtration system which filters air while pedaling. 'Breath' was exhibited in 2012 at Get It Louder, a contemporary art biennial in China. It is regularly mentioned in the International news in connection with China's pollution crisis

 

Education

​2004
MFA of Fine Arts, UC San Diego

1999
Fine Art Sculpture Winchester School of Art, Hampshire

1996
Chelsea School of Art, London
 

​Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016
Art Lights up Life: People’s Power Station –Lighting Up Project, Guangzhou, China

2015
Sun Dragon Hardware, Ace Gallery, Los Angeles

2012
Pectrum Divide, Saamlung Gallery, Hong Kong, China

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017
Desert Island - Epicenter Projects, Coachella Valley Art Center Indio, California
Marching in Circles, Long March Space, Beijing
Shenzhen Biennale of Contemporary Art, Shenzehn, China

2016
BI-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, Shenzhen, China

2014
BOOSTER: Art Sound Machine, MARTA Herford Contemporary Art Museum, Herford, Germany

2013
Aesthetics City, Design Shanghai, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
Beijing Design Week, Beinjing, China

2011
Border Show, New Territories, Hong Kong, China
Creators Project, UCCA, Beijing, China
The Solutions, International Design Exhibition, Chengdu Biennale, Chengdu, China
What if, Beijing International Design Triennial, China National Museum, Beijing, China
Connecting Concepts, by Dutch Design Generator, Beijing Design Week, Beijing, China

2010
Get it Louder, Beijing/Shanghai, China

2005
University Art Gallery UCSD, San Diego, US

2004
Summary 4F Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Supersonic 1 Art Center, Pasadena, US
Pasale Estation Tijunia, Tijunia, Baja, Mexico

2003
Studio Lab Floerence, Florence, Italy

2002
Time Forms, Center for Computing Research and Arts, San Diego, US
Immediacies - Desktop mixing Cyber Sonic, ICA London, UK
Real Time 2.0, Century Gallery, London, UK
Marcus Gallery, UCSD, San Diego, US
Sweetboy Projects Los Angeles, US

2001
Hondarribia 2nd, Group show, Hondarribia, Spain
Real Time, Foyles Gallery London, UK

2000
Hondarribia 2nd , Open Studio Show, Hondarribia, Spain

    Sum of the Parts

    Jun 2nd 2018 to Jul 15th 2018, Beijing