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PSFK Conference New York Speaker: Matthew Lusk

We’re looking forward to having Matthew Lusk (Hecho, Inc) join us at our upcoming PSFK Conference NYC 2009. Matthew will be on a panel moderated...

Larissa Hayden
Larissa Hayden on March 26, 2009.

We’re looking forward to having Matthew Lusk (Hecho, Inc) join us at our upcoming PSFK Conference NYC 2009. Matthew will be on a panel moderated by Dave Pinter (PSFK, GRID2) and that includes Ryan Jacoby (IDEO), Simon Collins (Parsons) and Sarah Beatty (Green Depot), and which will touch upon how sustainable, economic and socially conscious issues are driving the design of new products and services.

First, who are you and what do you do?

I’m a sculptor living in Brooklyn. I moved to New York shortly after receiving my MFA degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A native of Detroit, I grew up as a twin son to carpetbagging parents in the foothills of the Appalachians in northeast Georgia. My artistic practice concentrates on constructing ambivalent spaces that bother the conventions of the American Dream. I operates within a kind of lowercase-a american vernacular and organize installation-based group exhibitions in an around New York City.

I currently works as a project manager for Hecho, Inc., a small design-and-build company based in Brooklyn that builds bars and restaurants in the city. In addition to job supervision, I am often brought in for special projects such as custom furniture, lighting, and decorative elements. Notable projects include The Box, Marshall Stack, Bobo, and Perle. Hecho maintains a workshop and office at our Boerum Hill restaurant, Building on Bond.

You’ll be sharing your ideas on our panel about “ReConnection”. In one paragraph, can you explain what themes and ideas you hope to touch upon during the discussion?

I’m interested in discussing how a multi-disciplinary approach to problem-solving, long a staple of contemporary art practice, can be brought to a professional context in a fruitful manner. As an artist, I am always working toward a certain kind of site-specifity, and am constantly introducing that approach toward my professional work. I’d like to connect a careful consideration of place with informed and collaborative creative work, and look into ways of helping people to work and think outside of their dominant modes of production.

5 hyperlinks to sites that provide you with inspiration:

memory.loc.gov/ammem

ekotodi.blogspot.com

www.triplecandie.org

www.siris.si.edu

www.youtube.com

Thanks, Matthew!

To hear more from Matthew, get your ticket for PSFK Conference New York now.

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