...is a mixed-media artist whose gritty and aesthetically graphic artworks range from documentary style photography, to large-scale installations to diminutive works on paper. His urban and mythological themed works are made from combinations of humble materials including; wheat-pasted paper, cardboard, newsprint, salvaged street signs, rusted metal, and spray paint that pay homage to his roots as a street artist and to his interest in the city’s periphery. He often combines his drawings with video projections and photographs that explore ideas about multilayered vision and investigate the dynamic between the static and moving image.
Matt’s works are in a variety of public and private regional, national, and international collections. He has won countless awards and grants in support of his work, including a National Endowment for the Arts Project Award, MOCA Georgia’s prestigious Working Artist Award, and a Forward Arts Foundation Award. His works additionally, have been published in a variety of books, magazines, web pages, and periodicals. His work is represented primarily by White Space Gallery in Atlanta.
Mr. Haffner is based in Atlanta, Georgia and is an Associate Professor of Photography and Video at Kennesaw State University. He has his BFA in photography from the University of Akron and his MFA from the Tyler School at Temple University.