Matthew Brannon, Hors d’oeuvres (2014)
published by &: christophe daviet-thery,Paris
55,9 x 50,9 cm
edition of 25 copies signed and numbered + 7 A.P + 4 H.C
screenprints by Sarah Shebaro, Brooklyn
binding by Clara Gevaert, Brussel
Price on request
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 Matthew Brannon’s aesthetic is influenced by the graphic arts, the advertising world; an aesthetic infused with the outdated elegance of the 1950s.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