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Charles Porter Mattox
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Bronson, Kansas
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Bernalillo, New Mexico
Charles Mattox, sculptor and educator, was born in Bronson, Kansas in 1910. He studied art at the Kansas City Art Institute with Arshile Gorky from 1934-1935. He worked on a federal art project with Dave Smith and others in the 1930's.To support himself, Mattox worked as a molder and a tool and instrument designer in many parts of the United States. He also worked in special effects and set design in Hollywood from 1942-1950. Eventually Mattox devoted himself to teaching and sculpting. Mattox taught at many institutions around the country including the Karn Art Institute in Los Angeles, the University of California at Berkeley, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the University of New Mexico. His sculpture reflects his interest in geometric shapes and machinery. A pioneer in the development of kinetic sculpture, Mattox also took an early interest in the application of computer graphics to art. His work has been displayed in a variety of one-man shows, as well as group shows, mainly in New Mexico and California. Many of his pieces are housed in art museums in California, New Mexico, British Columbia, Washington, D.C., and many private collections. He also has published articles in various art journals including Leonardo, Artform, Art News, Art International, and Art in America. Among his publications is, "The Evolution of My Audio-Kinetic Sculptures, " which appeared in Leonardo in 1969.