ACME / UPCOMING EXHIBITION Matt Lifson _ The Snake that Remain | June 6 – July 11, 2015

Matt Lifson | The Snake that Remain

Matt Lifson at ACME gallery Los Angeles 2015Tears and dust overture, 2014. Oil on canvas and voile

ACME is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new works by Los Angeles based artist Matt Lifson. On view will be two bodies of work that focus on concepts of storytelling through the suggestiveness of painting. By using strategic methodologies such as repetition and projection, Lifson is able to bore out a mysticism from a seemingly banal representational image, denying access to its familiarity. The artist is fascinated by the way in which stories are told in contemporary culture, especially through the viewpoint of film and photography that infiltrate a more ubiquitous concept of personal narrative. Lifson has a longtime interest in a picture’s history and trajectory, and employs a variety of approaches to painting and installation to perforate that history.

Matt Lifson at ACME gallery Los Angeles 2015The Snakes That Remain, 2014. Oil, voile, wood, canvasMatt Lifson at ACME gallery Los Angeles 2015Four Removed Generations, 2014. Oil, voile, wood, canvas

The first body of work starts with a series of small paintings of a snowy landscape painted in succession on the same canvas, which are then individually photographed in the different stages of paint, then the images are enlarged and printed on canvas, which are then are overlaid with a translucent silk fabric and painted again. The resulting works have a panning effect, like still frames of a film. The overlaid paintings on the silk act as ’emotional’ responses to the subtle nuances of the snowy landscape paintings beneath them. The effect is exaggerated, brushy gestures and washes that hover above a now almost indiscernible image underneath.


Matt Lifson at ACME gallery Los Angeles 2015Page, 2015. Light projection and oil on canvas

The second body of work consists of serial paintings of a still life with projected text in the form of subtitles and book pages that are constantly changing. Lifson is exploring the notion of how images find themselves being owned and produced, stretching the elasticity of meaning, and between these two techniques, an overarching concept of projection occurs, be it literally or figuratively.

Sorgente: ACME. – Matt Lifson – Press Release

Precedente CB1 GALLERY / UPCOMING EXHIBITION Jaime Scholnick _ Gaza: Mowing the Lawn | June 6 - July 18, 2015 Successivo CHERRY & MARTIN / CURRENT EXHIBITION Matt Connors _ Bottoms | May 9 - June 13, 2015

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