Selected work on view at The Scott Building
3150 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Through May 2017
Malt is a self taught artist, living and working in Metro Detroit. Blending aerosol techniques with his signature acrylic style, the latest work from Malt takes an abstract spin on traditional landscapes and the characters that inhabit the psychedelic backdrops. The juxtaposition of forest birds, trees, life/death, growth/decay, strength/weakness is what keeps things fresh and habitually interesting in Malt's work.
Malt has worked on large mural projects throughout the country including an installation at 2011's Art Basel during the Scope Art Festival, several large scale mural pieces complimentary to 2012's Detroit Beautification Project, as well as two large scale mural installations in Tennessee at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in 2012 & 2013.
With his recent studio work Malt strives to bridge the gap from his engaging public murals to concise studio explorations, sometimes breaking his signature owls and birds down to their most abstract.
"With each process I always work from a basic concept or idea but I truly enjoy the path of the unknown, working without restrictions. I start with the idea and a basic sketch, then I lay down a background. From there I go on the venture the brush or the can of spray takes me." - Malt.
CONVERSATION WITH MALT
Name: Rick Malt
Years in Detroit? 41
Working as an artist? 15 or so.
Preferred Medium? Spray paint and acrylic.
What is currently your favorite thing to do? Painting, playing guitar, writing music.
Website? brownbagdetroit.com (been a while since it has been updated).
Do you collect anything? Vintage spray paint and art.
Was there an artist you admired that inspired you to be an artist yourself?
Yeah… There are a few. Growing up skateboarding I always dug the graphics on the boards I rode, in the 80’s mostly Santa Cruz so Jim Phillips is a huge influence. In the 90’s Andy Howell’s art on all the New Deal boards, huge influence as well. And can’t forget Pushead, that dude rules!
Is there a particular local artist whose work you admire?
That’s a tough one, Theres so many amazing artists in the city now, born here or transplanted.
What themes do you tend to pursue in your work?
My work revolves around nature.
Where are you finding inspiration lately?
Trips to the UP, thinking, music, everyday life
Is there a single habit that you strongly believe contributes to your success as an artist?
Paint everyday, Paint through the slumps, you never know where the next good idea will come from and the most important thing, do what you love!"
How do you feel about the art market / scene in Detroit? Have you seen a shift in the last few years?
I think it’s awesome.. Growing up here and seeing it transform to what it is today is amazing.
What are you looking forward to most about the upcoming exhibition?
Everyone to enjoy the work from all the artists in the show and to have a good time
What one item would you grab if your house were on fire?
I’d just be stoked to make it out safe and re build from there.