Matthew Porter: ‘Giant’, 2008, Archival pigment ink print face-mounted on non-glare Plexi in custom frame, signed numbered, titled en verso, edition of 5 plus 2 artist’s proofs, size: 14 x 17 in. (76 x 102 cm).Price on Request

About this Artwork

Matthew Porter: “High Lonesome, is sort of an absurd mash-up between the Hindenburg and the American West. I’m in the process of building some Hindenburg related objects so that I can photograph some details, and I’d like to take another trip out west this spring.” This work also refers also to the 1986 American concert film directed by, and featuring the music of, Laurie Anderson. The performances were filmed at the Park Theater in Union City, NJ, during the summer of 1985. The film included appearances by guitarist Adrian Belew, author William S. Burroughs (who famously briefly dances a slow tango with Anderson during one song), keyboardist Joy Askew, and percussionist David Van Tieghem. Barry Sonnenfeld, who was early in his movie-making career, receives an early film credit for operating second projection camera on this film.

About Matthew Porter

Matthew Porter was born in State College, PA in 1975. He holds a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Bard/ICP. Photographer Matthew Porter goes big on concept, but fine on details. In many of the pictures, there’s an affection for wide-open spaces and grandeur, even myths: big skies, flying cars, floating blimps, cowboys. His photos are arresting for their feelings of stillness—at a car chase’s peak moment, or while the Hindenburg floats over the American West—as well as the crisp colors and punctilious construction. It’s a studied spontaneity, a way to make portraits of frozen energy, of time put on pause. His exhibition “Startled Birds” was presented by the 2008 SCOPE Art Fair in Miami, and he recently participated in group shows at Hudson Franklin and New Century Artists in New York. He has contributed work to Modern Painters, Topic, Tokion, and New York Magazine. He lives and works in Brooklyn. All images copyright © the artist, all rights reserved.

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