Matt Saunders

Drawing (‘You must change your life’) #105

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Year 2020
Medium Unique silver gelatin print (oil resist drawing)
Dimensions 30.9 x 22.3 cm

About the work

Quarantine had me at home working in the bathtub.  I open a box of photopaper in the light; the drawing is done with oil paint, thick and thinned; then I pour and roll liquid developer over it. The water-based chemicals are resisted by the oil at first, but they soon start to undercut it. The image – a body alone – emerged in this push and pull, all in one go, fragile and fluid.

About the artist:

Born Tacoma 1975, Matt Saunders lives and works between New York, Berlin and Cambridge, MA. He graduated from AB Harvard University (1997), and MFA Yale (2002).

Saunders works across the boundaries of media. He enacts painting as a time-based and transitive medium through his camera-less photography, multi-screen animation and innovative painting and printmaking processes. Best known for his haunting portraits and landscapes (the imagery culled from a myriad of sources including avant-garde cinema and found photographs) and moving-image works, Saunders’ practice uses analogue materials to explore the fleetingness, mobility and affective power of images.

Selected exhibitions include Photography’s Last Century, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2020); The World on Paper, Palais Populaire, Berlin (2018); Poems of Our Climate, Marian Goodman Gallery, London (2018); Currents 114: Matt Saunders, St Louis Art Museum (2017); solo exhibition, Tank, Shanghai (2017); In the Abstract, MassMOCA, North Adams (2017-18); Double Take, Drawing Room, London (2016); solo exhibition, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris and New York (2016, 2015, 2014, 2011); solo exhibition, Blum & Poe, Tokyo and Los Angeles (2016, 2014, 2011); collections hang, MoMA, New York (2014); Cinema and Painting, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington (2014); Test Pattern, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2013); Century Rolls, Tate, Liverpool (2012); and Parallel Plot, Renaissance Society, Chicago (2010).

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