Brain Goreng: Paintings and Audio by Matthew Thomas Shoemaker | KUOW News and Information
  • APRIL 16 - MAY 18
  • Jack Straw Cultural Center, Seattle
  • Every 1 week(s) between
    April 16, 2018 and May 18, 2018
  • Category: Art & Museum Exhibits

Event Details

  • Every 1 week(s) between
    April 16, 2018 and May 18, 2018
  • Mondays, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesdays, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesdays, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays, 9:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Fridays, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Free


  • Jack Straw Cultural Center
  • 4261 Roosevelt Way NE
  • Seattle, WA 98105
  • 206-634-0919

Event Description

In collaboration with Jack Straw, Dave Knott, and Robert Millis, the Shoemaker family presents an immersive installation of the paintings and audio Matthew Shoemaker created over the course of his too-short life. In addition, a replica of Shoemaker's slinky/feedback experiments (he often used springs to both process his sounds and bring the audio environment around him into the emerging musical signal) will be displayed and activated to allow listeners a window into how he manipulated space and time. For nearly two decades artist Matthew Shoemaker (Born 1974, Seattle, Washington, USA) explored the strange universe of sound and listening. Using microphones, digital and analog recorders, computers, modular synthesizers, acoustic instruments, and assorted signal processors, Shoemaker transformed music and noise into slowly unfolding compositions of beauty and intensity, reflective of his unique but troubled vision of the world. A painter since he was a small boy, the last two years of his life saw Matt devote himself again to painting with the same detail and intensity he brought to his audio work. "I just paint what I see," he once said, in his deceptively simple way. His audio work has been published on such esteemed labels as Trente Oiseaux (Germany), Helen Scarsdale Agency (USA), Ferns Recordings (France), Elevator Bath (USA), and Masters Chemical Society (USA). Beginning in 2010, he spent several years in Central Java studying the music, art, and culture of Indonesia and performing Gamelan. Brain Goreng, a play on the fried Indonesian food he loved, was the name of Matt's website devoted to a complex mix of music from around the planet.

Event presented by:

Artist/Group Info:

  • Matt Shoemaker