Hyland Mather

United States

Installation, Assemblage Art


Hyland Mather
Hyland Mather
United States
November 22, 2016
Web journalist, coffee junkie and art fanatic. Cares about the environment, writes for Widewalls. Alias of Milica Jovic

Hyland Mather aka X-O is an assemblage artist who creates works out of found objects or as he likes to call them lost objects 1. The artist collects discarded objects from both urban and natural environments, cities, dumps, forests, and fields. The artist then reassembles these found things to make them regain their purpose. He describes his creative process as Zen-like as its composed of finding, collecting and assembling abandoned and discarded objects.

White album cover by X-O was exhibited in Denver in January and November of 2011, 2015 and 2013
Hyland Mather – Collection of Wooden Sculpture

Finding the Purpose for Lost Objects and Running a Gallery in Amsterdam

Hyland Mather is an American artist born in the city of Denver, Colorado. Among several of his projects, The Lost Object is his most relevant body of work to this time. The Lost Object is a long term ongoing undertaking by the American artist that turns seemingly useless things into useful works of art. In The Lost Object the artist employs an array of found objects including scrap wood, metal, plastic and occasionally original artwork on paper, to create his intricate postmodernist art installations. Apart from creating wonderful works of art, he also finds time to run a gallery in Amsterdam where he sometimes exhibits his works. Art space entitled Andenken Gallery was founded in 1997 and has hosted exhibitions by some of the finest street artists of today, long before this genre has gained the appreciation and the popularity it enjoys today.

The artist turns seemingly useless things into wonderful works of art

For additional works just type #lostobject on Instagram of check out his blog
Hyland Mather – Writing in Progress (left) / Supplies and Inspiration (right)

Stunning Art Installations

Hyland Mather is also active on the streets where he creates murals and urban art installations in collaboration with his partner Amanda Marie. In 2014 X-O and Amanda Marie created a street art entitled Beautiful Times and began embellishing various cities in the US with beautiful murals, stencils paintings, and installations. The undertaking had a humanitarian background since its goal was to raise awareness for Morgan Adams Foundation for pediatric research and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Hyland Mather installations decorate the streets of various cities around the globe

Hyland Mather – Streets of Haifa (left) / Collection of Wooden Pieces, Aleph (right)

The Trip to Haifa

In September 2016 the assemblage artist joined The Jaunt project that enables travels to various continents to aspiring creatives with a goal of introducing them with fresh inspiring surroundings. During the Jaunt, Hyland Mather embarked on a trip to Haifa, Israel that resulted in the artist latest series of sculptures entitle Aleph. Aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet by also the story by Jorge Luis Borges. According to the short story Aleph is a point in the universe “that contains all other points. Anyone who gazes into it can see everything in the universe from every angle simultaneously, without distortion, overlapping, or confusion”. With its simple geometrical lines and earthy tones his Aleph installations can appear as a world of its own. Trough the years he exhibited his artwork in various cites around the globe including his home town of Denver.

The artist is represented by The Garage gallery in Amsterdam

Hyland Mather lives and works in Amsterdam.


  1. Anonymous.Contemporary Street Artists X-O And Amanda Marie Make Their Mark On Eugene, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Arts [Novembar 20, 2016]

  2. Borges, J.L. (2004), El Aleph, Penguin Classics

Featured image : Hyland Mather Portrait – image courtesy of the artist
Images courtesy of The Garage Amsterdam unless otherwise credited

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016The JauntThe Garadge, AmstrdamSolo
2016Amanda Marie und Hyland MatherJRGallery, BerlinGroup
2015Urban dream WallTrace TV, ParisGroup
2015Guerrilla Cam WallPlan9 Office, Le PerreuxGroup
2015World of Warcraft WallHelffest Open Air, ClissonGroup
2015Spell Check, The Text ExhibitionParlor GalleryGroup
2015Direction / InstructionC.A.V.E. Gallery, Venice, CAGroup
2015Haha X Paradigm Class Of 2013/14 ReunionParadigm Gallery + Studio, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2015UntitledMad Max Savage RoadGroup
2015Metal Gear Solid VKonami Store, ParisGroup
2014Balancing ActC.A.V.E. Gallery, Venice, CAGroup
2014Buse WallManoir ARTtitude, Le PerreuxGroup
2014Le Guide Wall25eme étage, Tour Pleyel, SaintGroup
2014 9ème Concept & Bruno LeyvalMulhouseGroup
2014Lotus WallEspace Grün, CernayGroup
2014Sublime SkinzLa Favela Chic, ParisGroup
2014BEAUTY/BEASTMasters Projects, New YorkGroup
2014Lost CorcosaMasters Projects, New YorkGroup
2014Beautiful TimesC.A.V.E. Gallery, Venice, CAGroup
2014 Made by Sarenza Café-boutique éphémèreGroup
2013Deck the Walls: Annual Holiday Group ShowC.A.V.E. Gallery, Venice, CAGroup
2013Deck The WallsC.A.V.E. Gallery, Venice, CAGroup
2013Sadhu WallMotoco, DMC, MulhouseGroup
2009Indian WallJam Group Show, VitryGroup
2009Tibetan Wall : C215 & Bruno Leyval Collab’Hackney Wick,LondresGroup
2008Tibetan WallCargo, LondresGroup
2008UntitledFresque Cultures du monde, StrasbourgGroup
2007Awake StudioFoundation Gallery, MulhouseGroup
2007L’Arbre d’en faceLe Passage, StrasbourgGroup
2007C215 Masks Attack showGalerie INOPERAbLE, VienneGroup
2006Awake Studio -Laser Game Complexe Kinepolis, MulhouseGroup