Matthew Brannon, Hors d’oeuvres (2014)

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55,9 x 50,9 cm
8 pages
edition
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 Matthew Brannon’s aesthetic is influenced by the graphic arts, the advertising world; an aesthetic infused with the outdated elegance of the 1950s.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