FBGM “Dog Collar / Fan” Vinyl Record, 2017

FBGM is my band – a songwriting duo with my friend D. Orxata. I’ve wanted to release music on vinyl since I first started playing in bands in high school but for one reason or another I just never could make it happen… until now! We are 100% independent and completely self-funded. This means we wrote, performed, recorded, and mixed each song ourselves. We spent months working on them. One of the fondest memories I have is recording D’s vocals for “Fan” in our rehearsal space very late on Christmas Eve 2016. It felt good to be working on music…

When Particles Collide Logo, 2017

When Particles Collide is a rock duo consisting of Sasha Alcott and Chris Viner. As a fellow touring musician, I’ve played shows with them over the years and when they approached me about creating a new logo for them I was psyched. They had an idea to do something with the letters “WPC” and a lightning bolt and from there we developed a hot pink blot as part of the P – half inspired by Bowie and half inspired by the band’s signature pink and black style.…

Ex Libris Exchange Catalog, 2016

Ex Libris Exchange is an international collaborative art project sponsored by the Boston/Strasbourg Sister City Association (BSSCA). The project includes 26 artists – 13 from each city who have created original Artists’ Books and artful maps based on a common theme. The thematic content of the artwork was inspired by an elaborately illustrated 18th century journal created by Georg Daniel Flor, a member of a French brigade that participated in the American Revolutionary War. My job was to create a catalog of this work for an exhibition that was held at the French Cultural Center in Boston during the fall…

Bloody Henry, 2016

I composed, performed, and recorded all the music for a short film called Bloody Henry, which premiered at Independent Film Festival Boston in April 2016. Though I’d done music for TV and web commercials before, I’d never attempted a film score. This was a horror film with a real artistic bent. I was glad to have the opportunity. I brainstormed for months with director Jean-Paul DiSciscio (Overdue Films) about the musical direction for the film. I started generating ideas at my home studio and would go over to JP’s house every couple weeks to test how they “felt” alongside the…

Anamorphic M, 2016

Matt Jatkola & Aneleise Ruggles “Anamorphic M” Site-specific Installation on Stairs (Gaffer’s Tape on Carpet) 2016 For our third anamorphic installation, Aneleise Ruggles and I were commissioned by the newly renamed and rebranded Mosesian Center for the Arts to create an anamorphic version of their new logo on the stairs. This would be a four color piece – red, yellow, green, and blue. Since the design was already masterminded by an outside designer, Stoltze Design, we were free to have fun installing. The logo was projected on the stairs, we outlined it in gaffer’s tape, and then filled in with…

Anamorphic Ice Cream, 2016

Matt Jatkola & Aneleise Ruggles “Anamorphic Ice Cream” Site-specific Installation on Stairs (Gaffer’s Tape on Carpet) 2016 Another installation I did with Aneleise Ruggles. Once we did Anamorphic Light Bulb in one color, our next goal was to do something with multiple colors. We also wanted it to be fun and kid-friendly, as the summer at the Mosesian Center for the Arts is pretty much filled with children taking art and theatre classes. The idea of the ice cream was born. It went through a few incarnations until we realized it would be most fun upside down, cones up, as…

Many Mini Marcias, 2015

Matt Jatkola “Many Mini Marcias” Silkscreen on fabric 12.5 x 10” 2015 This project came about because I had planned 2 large public murals during the summer of 2014, which did not come to fruition. Those murals were all about creating very large, repetitive images of Marcia Brady in an attempt to spotlight Marcia as the icon of beauty, perfection, and narcissism that our collective inner-Jan wills her to be. I decided to do this smaller version when the opportunity came to donate a piece of art to Arsenal Center for the Arts’ bi-annual fundraiser exhibition Flash Art. This mini…

Anamorphic Light Bulb, 2015

Matt Jatkola & Aneleise Ruggles “Anamorphic Light Bulb” Site-specific Installation on Stairs (Gaffer’s Tape on Carpet) 2015 I created this installation with Aneleise Ruggles. I’d always wanted to try installing something flat on the main staircase at the Arsenal Center and we came up with the idea of doing an anamorphic illustration. The light bulb was drawn in Adobe Illustrator, projected, and then we went to town drawing it out on the carpet with white gaffer’s tape. As you shift perspective, the illustration morphs into a more abstract line drawing. There is one point when you first walk in the…

Teenage Dream Remix #1, 2015

“Teenage Dream Remix #1” is an audio/visual art installation, utilizing synchronized color and video footage set to my 27-minute remix of Katy Perry’s 2010 hit single “Teenage Dream.” The song is one of my favorite songs (perhaps of all-time), so I wanted to create something that both celebrated and expanded upon it. My favorite aspect of all great pop songs is duality, and/or listeners’ alternate/multiple takes on the same subject. When I hear this song, I hear melancholy alongside joy (served with a wink), so I tried to expand upon that. I took a minimalist, cut-up, and slow-tempo approach with…

Motown, Miniskirts, and the Moon Landing, 2013

In 2013, the Arsenal Center for the Arts held their annual benefit at which they gave the Charles Mosesian Award for Support of the Arts to long-time supporter, John Airasian. Honoring Mr. Airasian’s fondness of 1950’s-1960’s music and fashion, we created the theme Motown, Miniskirts, and the Moon Landing. I came up with the design for the printed materials, which were also utilized in the decor for the evening. I was inspired by polka dots, mod design, vintage black & white photography, and chartreuse, which together said “yesterday and today” to me. We printed invitations, posters, postcards, and a 40-page…

Big Band Meets Broadway, 2012

The theme for the Arsenal Center for the Arts’ 2012 Annual Benefit was Big Band Meets Broadway, where a big band would be playing Broadway favorites. I started with the colors that the Center had been using for their latest run of education print materials (primary red, blue, yellow, plus green) and channeled a bit of big band with the dancing color blocks, then added the silhouetted images of jazz instruments, which seemed a bit Broadway to me. We printed invitations, posters, postcards, and a 40-page program book, all of which I designed and saw through from concept to completion.…

Loeb Fellowship 40th Anniversary, 2010

Harvard University’s Loeb Fellowship celebrated their 40-year anniversary with four days of programming on October 6-10, 2010. The theme was Urban Futures: Opportunities and Challenges for Transforming the Urban Landscape. I was asked to create a design and complete the layout for all print materials. I took inspiration from minimalism, urban planning, a fall color palette, and I’m also a huge SimCity nerd, which I somehow think relates to this design. I designed the logo, a 16-page booklet, several large 20×30″ posters, postcards, and even tote bags for their event. The design was created using Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.…