Matias Sandoval – Chief Aesthetic Mastermind
by Nate Freeman
Born where the indigo water of the pacific ocean collides with the khaki sands of the Southern California coastline.
A place were waves crashing against rock cliffs sculpt intricate abstract statues. Phallic symbols of polyurethane incased in fiberglass make love to the raging rhythm of salty water. Flowing onshore and then transform into wooden boards rolling over asphalt through the skyscraper reefs of Los Angeles. They turn down back alleyways, twisting under bridges, and only surfacing for air in the cafes and hot galleries of the inner-city.
The bang of a hammer, The flame of a welders torch. The voice of a father telling his inquisitive offspring to grab pen, paper, and ruler. Strip down objects and study how they work. Rebuild them. Tables, chairs, picture frames, and all objects composed of metal and wood. Always thinking and striving to deconstruct and reshape. “Never settle” spoke his Father. Always perfect.
The child listened, researched, and worked and as he approached his adolescence the boy sought solace in the sea. Choosing to try mastering the mighty roll of the ocean. Riding and carving the water only to be humbled by her great hand when he thought he had control. He meditated on her calm breathe and grasp the challenges when she grew angry. Inspiration arrived on the back of waves and healing with each new set,
Obsession with Eastern Culture led to the discovery of new worlds, and the young man began to travel. Finding that some of the greatest beauty exist in the most impoverished cultures. These beauties stimulated an artist with in and so the teenager began to apply brush to paint and paint to canvas. Landscapes emerged but then boredom with the flat medium of canvas arose. Then a shift in focus. Sculpting ceramics gave the artist new life. Something emerging from nothing awakens the childhood connection and recalls the vintage voice of his Father.
Colleges started calling and then acceptance into the prestigious Roski School of Fine Arts. There he began painting on headwear and gifts for friends lead to selling to strangers. Just like painting on canvas the artist need a new format. The love of Eastern Culture bore a love of indigo yarn dying and a growing obsession with denim heritage, He tore jeans apart, took measurement, deconstructed and reassembled them. Then the search for better fabrics began. Creating personal styles, and developing artistic washes overtook this new denim maker, and the attention to every detail overtook every aspect of this new medium. Ingrained childhood principles for perfection took hold.
MATiAS was born.