Jonathan Matas (b. 1984)
Document of Energy: The Immeasurable Display of Phenomena
Enamel on Porsche 911 Carrera S
The car has been sold and will be on display at the Porsche Driving Experience in Atlanta.
8 months ago Jonathan Matas met someone that was interested in acquiring one of his paintings. They got into a jet black Porsche 911 Carrera S and headed over to a storage unit to take a look at available works. He did not end up purchasing any paintings -- but left Matas with a proposition: Matas could have free reign to paint the 911 sports car they had arrived in. Together they would sell the resulting art piece. Matas agreed.
The car travelled to locations throughout Northern California -- with Matas stopping and painting the car bit by bit. The finished piece is called "Document of Energy: The Immeasurable Display of Phenomena" and is made up of hundreds of smaller paintings on the surface of the 911, each melding and blending together into larger forms and documenting the unique circumstances and phenomena of individual moments in time. The piece exemplifies Matas' unique style: eclectic, playfully energetic and full of color.
The car is finally being offered for sale -- and 50% of all proceeds will go directly to the charity watsi.org
The art of Jonathan Matas has become well-recognized throughout San Francisco and Silicon Valley -- with diverse works ranging from murals in the Mission to the walls of Facebook headquarters. Matas' artwork is inspired by his meditation practice and often has themes highlighting the ever changing boundaries between what is real and what is illusory -- hinting at the processes through which humans give the world meaning and reality's ultimately non-dualistic nature.
Watsi is a nonprofit that enables anyone to directly fund life-changing healthcare for people around the world. 100% of every donation funds healthcare, and the organization is radically transparent; publishing all of its operations and financials publicly.
Since launching, Watsi has raised over $5M to fund healthcare for more than 5,000 patients in 20 countries -- patients like Joyce, a 16-year-old aspiring surgeon from Kenya who received life-saving treatment for a brain tumor funded by Watsi donors. Watsi has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC, and NPR, and was the first nonprofit startup funded by Y Combinator.
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