For immediate release
David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to present Meat Eating Plants, the Los Angeles debut of New York artist Matthew Brannon. Composed of tapestries, drawings, a photograph and his signature letterpress prints, the exhibition continues Brannon’s use of peripheral media to discuss personal pathologies and the art of promotion. The opening reception will take place on Friday, November 18th at 6 pm. The exhibition will be on view through December 17th.
Brannon is known for juxtaposing a decorative visual palette with black-humored content, often in the form of tongue in cheek text. His new unique letterpress prints, each printed on dampened paper, continue to look at paranoia and the ways that individuals struggle against themselves. Themes include eating disorders, sexual guilt, confusion, and financial abuse that spill into careerism and poor parenting. The artist extracts from advertising and promotional material that which he finds both mimic and enhance such pathologies. Brannon’s wordplay belies a playful criticality; that we put on a façade in order to bury what tortures us.
Unable to resist looking to Los Angeles, with Hollywood a mother lode of crises of self-doubt, Brannon has designed a pair of unique prints with L.A. themes. One, a letterpressed broadside, poaches a website’s mournful tale of a young actor’s fatal misstep. The other, a large pigment print, toys with a real estate ad desperate to buttress the fragile security of wealth.
In his silk-screened and embroidered tapestries, Brannon distills aquatic images into tasteful and seductive patterns of decoration. They walk the line between design and “art,” never resting comfortably as either. Their motifs owe as much to Marimekko as they do to historical painting.
The exhibition poster by gallery artist Patrick Hill is one of a series of posters designed by artist friends of Matthew Brannon for his exhibitions. Brannon has had solo shows at Jan Winkelmann, Berlin, Germany and John Connelly Presents, New York, NY. He was in Greater New York 2005, PS1/MoMA, Queens, NY and Post No Bills, White Columns, New York, NY, curated by Matthew Higgs. Currently his work can be seen in the Uncertain States of America, curated by Daniel Birnbaum, Gunnar B. Kvaran, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland. Matthew Brannon is the featured insert in the current issue of Parkett #73.
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