Marian Goodman Gallery Paris are inviting you to the “Inondé” the first time in Paris exhibition by Matt Saunders, the award winning visual artist and assistant professor at Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University. The artist is famous for his cross media photographic painting technique. The works on paper come from a process in which light is passed through painting to make a photograph. However, Saunders considers himself to be a painter. Working at times with oil on linen, at times with color ink on sheets of mylar, these materials are used as tools in dialogue with photography. The Inondé exhibition will presents his new series of abstract color works and a new video installation. This exhibition draws from many and diverse sources of inspiration including the flood waters of Hurricane Sandy, the Seine inundation of 1910 and portions of Klaus Theweleit’s book Male Fantasies. In Saunders’ work, the flooded territory takes on technical, as well as poetic and metaphoric dimensions.
“I attempted to find a multiplicity of ways to capture an image on the photo paper”
– Matt Saunders –
You can go to experience Saunders’ artistic permeability of images and how he’s pushes the boundaries of painting by opening up spaces between painting, photography and film at Marian Goodman Gallery Paris, April 22 – June 4, 2016 (The Opening reception: Friday, April 22, 6-8 PM).
During the run of the exhibition, his works can also be seen in two group shows: Double-take: Drawing and Photography at the Drawing Room and The Photographer’s Gallery in London (April 14 – June 4) and Prix Jean-François Prat , at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (April 14-17). The work for this show was supported in part by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.
About the Artist:
Matt Saunders was born in 1975 in Tacoma,Washington. He currently lives between
Berlin and Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he teaches at Harvard College. In 1997 he
received a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard and completed his MFA in Painting and Printmaking in 2000 at the Yale University School of Art. In 2010 the Renaissance Society of Chicago organized his first solo institutional show, Parallel Plot .He also exhibited at the Tate Liverpool in 2012: Matt Saunders. Century Rolls.His works have been purchased by many prestigious institutions in the United States as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art or the UCLA Hammer Museum in California. His recent group exhibitions include : Cinema and Painting, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand (2014), Test Pattern, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2013), Plot for a Biennial , 10th Biennial of Sharjah, The United Arab Emirates (2011), The Anxiety of Photography, Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (2011), The more things change, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2010-2011), Untitled (History Painting), University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor (2009), Freeway Balconies, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2008), Blind Date Istanbul , Sabanci Museum, Istanbul (2007). Matt Saunders is the recipient of several international awards including the Rappaport Prize, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (2015), the Jean-François Prat prize (2013) and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation prize (2009).