Matthew Brannon, Hors d’oeuvres (2014)
55,9 x 50,9 cm
screenprints by Sarah Shebaro, Brooklyn
binding by Clara Gevaert, Brussels
edition of 25 signed and numbered copies + 7 A.P. + 4 H.C.
Matthew Brannon’s images are intentionally seductive and can be identified immediately, reminescent of archetypes.
Indeed, what better way to represent a platter of crayfish, an ice-bowl or an Oscar? Matthew Brannon’s aesthetic is influenced by the graphic arts, the advertising world; an aesthetic infused with the outdated elegance of the 1950s. His images work as « visual signs », conditioning our very reading of them.
Yet beyond these surface images, hides a darker world, revealed here by a letter from a producer to an author, setting a tension between what is to be seen and what is to be read.
Is there a better parable of our contemporary society than that of Hollywood, which Brannon invites us to observe through a keyhole?
Photographs : © Rebecca Fanuele