Press Release

David Kordansky Gallery presents Firsthand: Matthew Brannon, Light Touch for the Heavy Handed / The Psychedelic Soldier / The Making of the Making of Apocalypse Now, an online exhibition in which the artist discusses, in his own words, a new series of large-scale, unique silkscreen works on paper informed by the 1979 film Apocalypse Now. The show will remain on view through December 19, 2020.

To access Firsthand: Matthew Brannon, Light Touch for the Heavy Handed / The Psychedelic Soldier / The Making of the Making of Apocalypse Now, please click here

Known for his expansive approach to printmaking, Matthew Brannon has spent the last seven years producing two- and three-dimensional works that explore the ramifications of the Vietnam War. His unique silkscreen works on paper, full of vibrant color, are like contemporary history paintings that teem with carefully researched details and moments of imaginative invention. They are also lenses through which to view intense periods of cultural and political change, not to mention the shifts in design, typography, and advertising that accompany them.

Light Touch for the Heavy Handed / The Psychedelic Soldier / The Making of the Making of Apocalypse Now finds Brannon widening his focus to the aftermath of the Vietnam War and its expressions in the American cinematic psyche. While Francis Ford Coppola’s vast, psychedelic, auteur production is a fictionalized, even mythological, account of the war, it registers how history was being written and analyzed over the intervening decade. Brannon’s unique prints shed light on several layers of behind-the-scenes fact and innuendo, departing from recreations of the film’s scenes and sets to reveal its complexities, absurdities, and contradictions.