SPATIAL RAPPORT: Matthew McLaughlin and Brett Ferguson Schieszer

Hyattsville, MD—Spatial Rapport brings together the work of two artists in an exploration of space, place, and scale. Each artist exhibits a selection of their own mixed media work well as a series of pieces made collaboratively. Schieszer’s abstract work offers balance to McLaughlin’s more austere lines and forms. Together, Schieszer and McLaughlin aim to create a larger dialogue about space and daily environments.

At left: Head on Backwards, Feet at Funny Angles by Brett Ferguson Schieszer; At right: Study #1 by Matthew McLaughlin

SPATIAL RAPPORT runs January 17 through February 23, 2020, with an opening reception on Friday, January 17 from 6:30–9 pm. Gallery hours: 10 am–6 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 12–5 pm on Sunday. The exhibition and reception are FREE and open to the public. Pyramid Atlantic is located at 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, Maryland 20781. More information can be found at or by calling 301-608-9101.

While the artists have known each other for over a decade, this is their first significant collaboration. Both artists frequently use digitally printed elements that then then they collage and hand embellish with markers, graphite, and foil. The process for the collaborative works is similar. Since they live in different cities, much of the co-creating happens over text where they share images and get feedback from one another. Once they have both agreed that the works are digitally finished, they will be printed on panels and the two will add final elements by hand with print processes and other materials just a few days before the show opens.

Independently, McLaughlin’s work explores the relationships people have with their surrounding environment and how through interaction and observation those relationships work on different scales, from personal to public. Through image manipulation and re-contextualizing symbols, his work creates new perspectives for the viewer. Schieszer’s work is an exploration of spatial contradictions, playfully appropriating images in concocted spaces is an exercise in empathy and human perception. The resulting work creates an opportunity for the viewer to connect to the subtlety of emotions in an arena that is both absent of logic and full of distractions.

Brett Ferguson Schieszer holds a MFA in printmaking from Arizona State University. He has worked as an assistant at Lawrence Lithography Workshop in Kansas City as well as Cirrus Editions in Los Angeles. He moved to Cincinnati in 2013 where he has taught printmaking at Northern Kentucky University and The Art Academy of Cincinnati. He maintains a studio space where he explores collage and other 2-d works.

Matthew McLaughlin is a mixed media artist whose work explores the human relationship with their environments, specifically urban and suburban spaces. He received his BFA degree in Fine Arts from Ringling College of Art and Design and his MFA degree in Printmaking from Arizona State University. Matthew has had solo exhibitions in Washington, D.C. and Phoenix, among other locations. His work has been included in group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, in commercial galleries, artist-run spaces and museums. He has received numerous awards including the Maryland State Art Council Individual Artist Award 2016 in Works on Paper. His work is in the collections of the Zuckerman Museum of Art and various universities, along with private collectors.


This exhibition is made possible in part through funding from the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County. ​


Founded in 1981, Pyramid Atlantic is a nonprofit contemporary art center fostering the creative disciplines of papermaking, printmaking, and book arts within a collaborative community. We equip, educate, and exhibit in our historic Hyattsville home. Our vision is to create an artistic hub in Hyattsville that inspires and enables local, national, and international artists to create and innovate in our core disciplines; elevates the local arts and small business scene; and enhances the quality of life for artists and neighbors. We value artistic excellence, infrastructure for artists, hands-on experiences, and collaboration.


Larger images available upon request.


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HOURS (as of July 1, 2020):

Wednesday–Thursday 10am–8pm

Friday–Saturday 10am–6pm
Sunday 12pm–5pm

Closed Monday and Tuesday

A Note About Pyramid and Covid Safety:

While we are encouraged by the numbers reported locally and nationally, Pyramid is committed to the health of our artists and visitors. At this time, we are choosing to be more conservative than the local ordinances. We have increased our studio capacity numbers in some areas but will  continue to operate the building at a reduced capacity and require mask wearing in all public spaces. 

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