Design of the Week | Matt McCormick
Like anyone aspiring to be cool, I follow cool people on Instagram. One of those people is artist, Matt McCormick. McCormick's official website describes him as "a multimedia artist, whose artwork assimilates a diversity of cultural influences culled from the American West into an artistic vision that is as unique and dynamic as the topography itself."
I first fell in love with his painting of burned out cigarettes. I don't smoke, but I admit that people look pretty cool while smoking cigs. I also think cowboy culture is pretty sweet. It is known that if I were reborn, I would prefer to be a cowboy riding west through the desert in search of some cash and whiskey. Back to the art, though.
McCormick adopts the Marlboro aesthetic. More specifically, the red and white triangle cut-out logo most famously known for Marlboro Reds, or "cowboy killers." Often times, his work features the simple logo as a back drop. More recently, however, his work has moved from cigarettes and cowboys to ghost towns filled with power lines, prefabricated houses, and vast, desolate prairies.
Regardless of what McCormick is putting out, his work maintains a gritty nostalgia for all things west of the Mississippi. His work is simple but stylized, and easy to spot in a crowd.