Artist of the Day / Matt Johnson

“I am on a mission to change the perception of what modern design can be. I don’t subscribe to the idea that successful design has to use more energy to create than what it’s worth (and has a built-in date of obsolescence). I reuse and re-purpose just about anything I can get my hands on, but my true passion is reusing beautiful, unsung elements from archaic technologies.

We all have some form of passion in our lives, and the items in this shop are the product of mine. I really hope you enjoy my creations.”


About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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4 Responses to Artist of the Day / Matt Johnson

  1. Ruth says:

    wow, he is quite inspiring!

  2. paula says:

    yeah i saw his banjo light on etsy recently (put it in a treasury too) and instantly knew i liked this guy 🙂

  3. Laine says:

    I adore Matt. I will miss yakking with him. His store is fantastic and he is a great guy! Glad I found this blog, so I can say hi to him again.

  4. unexpectedlighting says:

    Really amazing stuff! I’m always awestruck when I bump into one of Matt’s lamps on Etsy.

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