I shoot through window screens, netting, and scrims, creating grid patterns that become the sharpest focal element of each image. I employ these grids and barriers in order to dissect, pixelate, filter and flatten landscapes and space. Subjects and figures are broken apart and reconstructed in such a way that they are both integrated into their environments and isolated within them. None of the subjects in my photographs have any discernible features; rather they are faceless characters whose identities are defined by their surroundings. Although the photographs originate from 35mm negatives, I hope to reference both video technology and painting techniques.
Matthew lives and works in New York City. He earned a BA in filmmaking and photography from Sarah Lawrence College. In 2007, he had a solo show at the bobparsley Galerie in Berlin, Germany. His work has also been exhibited at Real Art Ways, HEREart, Organization of Independent Artists, Viridian Artists and Gen Art. His photographs have been included in exhibitions juried by Jennifer Blessing and Robert Rosenblum of the Guggenheim Museum. In 2005, Matthew was a Spring Hot Shot! Jen Bekman Gallery. He is a recipient of a Van Lier film grant from Film/Video Arts and was a finalist for the Sundance Institute's Feature Film Project. His work has been published in Photographer's Forum and the book Exploring Color Photography.