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I make work to help myself, and help myself care again. When these ideas are shared by the world at large, it really shows us how this is needed. I’m sometimes conflicted that positivity can be so disruptive. Don’t get me wrong—I couldn’t feel stronger about making a protest against all the negativity in the world—I love causing trouble in a positive way. I champion radical positivity. I recently realized that the rareness of these messages is what makes them so powerful. I just wish it wasn’t so rare.
I wish positivity was everywhere. I don’t think there could ever be a point of over-saturation. I feel that hopeful messages need to be repeated over and over again, especially in the current climate.
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Matthew Hoffman is a Chicago based artist and designer, whose public works have been exhibited internationally. His ideas and work have been included in Good, the New York Times Magazine, and Ready Made. He has been published in books by Gestalten, Droog, and Taschen, and was featured in a segment on the Oprah network.
Matthew has created large scale public installations for the City of Chicago, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Albright Knox Gallery, as well as companies like Facebook, Zappos, Groupon, & Cards Against Humanity. There are close to 30 outdoor installations currently up in the Chicagoland area.
Outside of large public works, You Are Beautiful is a small but mighty team that creates art & design edition objects to interact with your daily life. These items & custom work are available directly through their online shop, as well as museum stores such as LACMA, MASS MoCA, Mattress Factory, and online at UncommonGoods.
Matthew is the custodian of You Are Beautiful, a project to better the world in little ways. The message has reached every corner of the globe, with over 3 million stickers shared by the community. The hope is for us to share uplifting thoughts with each other.