Matthew Oster

individual, ENTITY.2963
Life Dates:
b. 1986
Nationality:
American
GVSU Alumni Status:
GVSU Alum, 2009
Artist Biography:
Matthew Oster graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2009 with a triple major in Marketing, Finance and Photography. Thesis Artist Statement To a child, the toys they play with are a major element of their daily lives. Toys allow them to engage with imitations of adulthood possessions and imagine life with these items. In this piece, each image reverses the actual and depicts the scene as a miniaturized replica. Vehicles are no longer highly engineered machines - now they're transformed into the matchbox cars of our youth. Similarly, buildings cease to exist as steel skyscrapers - they are now a part of the model world we build and tear down over the course of an afternoon. My photography investigates the relationship between the toys of our childhood, and the similarities between our everyday adult environments. Throughout this work, I deconstruct the question of whether we actually grow up, or are we just surrounded with grander playthings in our lives.

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