Everything here is purposeful, from the first view of a plant hanging slightly off-center against a fresh gallery wall — Oman hired a contractor to create the exhibit space, which includes track lighting — to the strawberry sticker stuck to a deer head that you have to look hard to find.
The showcase, Species of Art, is available for public viewing from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturdays in July and August at his home at 1316 Foster Ave. in Duluth.
“I think that good art — or special art — is going to make you feel something,” he said. “When art is at its best, it captures you and makes you feel things. It’s not always pleasant, but even unpleasant feelings can spark action and get your thoughts going and make you feel more alive.”
Matt Oman displays artworks in his Duluth Heights garage. (Clint Austin / email@example.com)
Oman, 40, is an artist, though he doesn’t have a background in it. It’s only in the