3 of 365 (MN_WBS 2015)


3 of 365

Matt Niebuhr

West Branch Studio

untitled 2014_06_21


Matt Niebuhr - West Branch Studio

graphite on polyester drafting film
20 1/2″ x 28 1/2″ (52.1 x 72.4)cm
28 3/4″ x 36 3/4″ (73 x 93.3)cm framed
Framing: cherry wood with beveled mat
Matt Niebuhr
West Branch Studio

newer accumulated linework…

untitled (lines)


untitled (lines)

untitled (lines)


graphite on polyester drafting film

36” x 23.5” (91.4 x 59.7)cm

Matt Niebuhr

West Branch Studio



each and every one… making each one count – and yet one of only many… see the forest through the trees…

Matt Niebuhr – Drawings

Matt Niebuhr - Drawings

You are invited to see new drawings on exhibition at Stumptown Coffee Roasters – Division Street cafe, Portland, during the month of March, 2011 by artist Matt Niebuhr.

A wonderful thing about drawing a line is that it can be any number of things. One line is not necessarily any more important or informative than any other line. We might assign a line a representative value,  it may become symbolic. Line as an idea drawn, can be a beautiful thing in all of its imperfect representation. – Matt Niebuhr “

Matt Niebuhr – Drawings
March, 2011
4525 SE Division Street
Portland, Oregon 97206
For those of you unable to visit,  I’ve made a special link to the works in the show, and as always,  I invite you to visit my website:  www.mattniebuhr.com for new work and updates.
…examining the threshold at which ordinary visibility ends and perception begins…

Group Show – Nov 5, 2010 – Art Department – Portland, Oregon

Group Show @ Department, Portland, OR

Happy to be showing work from the Sand Dollar series in a one night only  Group Show!


November 5, 2010

6-11 PM

Art Department

1315 SE  9th Ave

Portland, OR

Artists:  Jessica Breedlove, Jason Fiske, Kristen Flemington, Josh Latham, and Matt Niebuhr


Hope to see you there.

Matt Niebuhr: Group show @ The 100th Monkey

I am pleased to announce new work on exhibit showing through the month of September.

Matt Niebuhr - Sept 2010 Groupshow at The 100th Monkey Studio

Additional information

Information Show – Matt Niebuhr

Information Show - drawings by Matt Niebuhr

Notes concerning an “Information Show”

“In conceptual art, the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work. When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all planning and decisions are made beforehand. The execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes the machine that makes the art.” – Sol Le Witt –  Paragraphs on Conceptual Art, by Sol Le Witt – Artforum (June, 1967).

This collection of drawings is evidence of my explorations of a question concerning conceptual art that the idea or concept is the fundamental experiential element of a work of art.

Ideas are, strictly speaking, intangible. They exist as a mental construct and have no form. In this sense, ideas do not take up space. Ideas and concepts float only in the space of the imagination or “mind’s eye”.

Ideas can be made tangible in a number of ways. These drawings are examples of an idea for a work of art. When ideas are translated into another medium the intangible is made tangible. The idea is described through execution, a translation from the “minds eye”.

Some of the ideas executed in the exhibit are not my ideas. Some are. To me it makes no difference.

Only when the idea is translated into a physical form can it be shared. Whether an idea is spoken, sung, written, or drawn, it is only in this translation where the idea can be exchanged in some way with another person. The intangible is made tangible. The idea can be apprehended by another person.

Execution of an idea is not a perfunctory affair.

How it is made, why it is made, what it is made of – and then making (process)are essential questions and actions that must be decided upon. Each decision has a profound effect upon the execution and ultimately the form that expresses the idea. Means and methods influence the perception of the idea immensely.

“… while objects may be perishable, ideas need not be…” – Sol Le Witt.

Ideas in art (and life) are potentially useful but have little value until acted upon.

Objects in art are quite useless, but of great potential value.