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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Matt Barton

#66: Matt Barton

Artist Matt Barton hails from Colorado Springs, where he teaches at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and creates fantasy worlds in video and installation, in which animals talk and strange landscapes shimmer and people walk through prismatic lights. In these playgrounds for adults, Barton invites viewers to suspend reality, experience their inner children and just have fun. What goes on in the mind of an artist whose alternative worlds defy grown-up gravity with an open-minded smile? Read Barton's 100CC questionnaire for answers.

See also: Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Andrea Moore

Westword:If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?

Matt Barton: Paul Reubens. He's the most influential artist in my childhood and definitely affected how I view the world. To take on an ongoing, open-ended project with him that had no prescribed format would be terribly exciting.

Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?

A lot of my friends are the most interesting, especially because I have the good fortune of intimacy with their ideas and personalities. Jacob Ciocci, Colin Frazier, Shana Moulton, Tony Patera, Thad Kellstadt, Jesse McLean, Jamie Boyle, Jennifer Reeder, Astria Superak and Lauren Cornell always excite me with their ideas and where their work takes them. I feel lucky to know them. More than that, my wife Sadie and our kids are the most interesting people to me right now and forever. I can't believe I get to share life with them.

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