Over the past six months, we’ve had the great pleasure of paying several visits to local sculptor and UCCS Art Professor Matt Barton at his jaw dropping home/art studio/compound tucked away in the forest south of Cheyenne Canyon off Highway 115. If you haven’t seen Barton’s super-natural (hyper-natural?) multi-media installations/club houses/forts/Peter Pan parties, you should definitely have a look at some of his work at his website HERE for a taste of how his sculpture extends seamlessly from his living environment. Despite the fact that acreage is, as Barton describes it, “an Ewok village in progress,” the place is charmed with his playful touch at every turn, and has that rare feeling that nothing–not even a dessicated lizard–is out of place.

The YESRAD flag courtesy of Matt Barton

Stay tuned tomorrow for Part II!

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8 Responses to Studio Visit: Matt Barton’s Ewok Village in Progress, Part I

  1. This was great and I love the pictures on Matt’s website.

    Matt Barton just totally became my favorite local artist. Simply awesome.

  2. Daisy says:

    Glad to see the deck went to good use after the show! I think we should all live in a way that seamlessly blends art/life/home improvements. Bravo Matt!

  3. Jeremy says:

    Awesome art installations. Thanks for the link. I have not seen any of his work in person, so look forward to his next exhibition locally. Wish FAC would showcase him, however, it seems like the only time they feature talented local artists is after they have been dead and gone for at least 50 years. Regarding the YESRAD compound: I always enjoy property that isn’t cookie cutter, so thumbs up. Oh, and I say add another deck on top of the shed…while you may never be able to see Russia, at least you might be able to catch a glimpse of Kansas!

  4. Liz says:

    Love this because it helps me remember how important it is to get out of my box! Kudos to Matt – his students are lucky!

  5. sean says:

    Cool! Go Matt! Thx BS!

  6. steve says:

    way to go matt! as a “townie” i have a severe limitation on stuff i can warehouse n build with (you interested in my extra very cool construction projects/materials/objects? my wife would be quite supportive…).
    have you seen eric bransby’s place?? they have your construction sensibilty (minus, maybe, the same degree of freaky)
    like it!

  7. davo says:

    Pretty cool for a devil worshiper. And is that a pine bow warhead? I know where I’m headed when the first zombies start to bite.

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