Growing up in London, Matt Hope, who lives in Beijing today, loves the mechanical style. He designs and creates mechanical objects and sculptures made of steel, custom hardware, mechanical and audio components. Typical materials include speakers, Solar battery, vehicles, and containers. The delicate observation of the world, the rational thinking on urbanization and industrial production, and the strong desire for exploration and the sense of aesthetics prompt him to create; the inconspicuous debris onthe construction site, the leftover steel and metal materials by the workers, all become artistic raw materials that inspire him. He uses the strange anddistorted installations to let the audience pay attention to and explore the relationship between men and nature, sensibility and rationality, art and science.
Perhaps because of Hope's keen sense of complex mechanical components and bold creative imagination, the artist's single identity cognition seems to be unable to satisfy his comprehensive definition. Going into Hope's studio, you will find that it doesn't fit the generalimpression of the art studio. There are no drawing boards, paints, molds, but only wires, steel feet, rubber gloves, chisels, axes and some namesthat can't be named. The object is exactly like a small factory production room. Although the surface looks disorganized, there is the order that Hope hasset up. He is in it, buried in a pile of parts, working together, experimenting, discovering new possibilities, artists, inventors, the creators, different identity cognitions are also forged, and a complete and lively Matt Hope is born with the new and unique works.
Hope's studio reveals his fascination with electromechanical sculpture. The rusty, cold parts seem to have a sense of alienation, and the messy and random placement makes them a bit more human, like their works, seemingly ruthless, and in fact, always has someone's temperature. Under the surrounding of these objects, space, matter, and people seem to be integrated. Therefore, Hope's works are not to stand on the road of competing with nature, but to try to make people realize or recall the initially intimate and harmonious relationship between nature and humanity. These electronic machines return to the natural world, not to change and destroy nature, but to unite with nature to merely show the beauty of unity. They don't have an explosive artistic expression or a brilliant color, but if you think deeply about the meaning contained in these rational structural arrangements, you will experience a different kind of joy.