The iconic work of Matthew Brannon (b.1971, USA) is inspired by vintage posters and advertisements from the 1940s and 50s. Ordinary objects such as bottles, cigarettes, household plants and kitchen knives are rendered elegantly in retro pictogram vocabulary. However, by juxtaposing the instantly identifiable advertising-esque images with fragments of unexpected texts, Brannon raises important questions about urban consumer culture.… Read more
About the artwork
Laurence Harvey, the name of an actor and today the name of a book, or the subject of a book, or simply a name upon the page under which the subtitle reads: "Motion Pictures, White Wine, Older Women and Thin Cigarettes". Logically inscribed in Matthew Brannon's work, the artist presents us with an experimental biography, a veritable work of writing, montage of excerpts, witness accounts, and interior monologues peppered with a few quotes by Derrida. See it for yourself: its large format, soft cover in delicately traced moiré fabric, and illustrations silkscreened in four matte colors presented in a handcrafted shirt box, neatly tailored as if arriving straight from Savile Row.