Picture Perfect (Monoprint #2), 2010 - Matt Keegan
About the Work
About Picture Perfect (Monoprint #2)
Courtesy of Dieu DonneÌ
About the Artist
About Matt Keegan
In a 2011 exhibition of his work, titled I Apple NY, a magpie aggregation of snapshots, interviews, video, and found objects coalesced to form a composite "portrait" of New York City. For the show, Keegan riffed on Milton Glaser's iconic Iâ™¥NY logo, replacing the original heart with a big red apple. "I…like how it confuses the legibility," he says of the project: "What does it mean to apple something?" Likewise, for his book AMERICAMERICA (2008), Keegan traveled on a cross-country road trip inspired by "Hands Across America," a 1986 national fundraiser combatting homelessness. The book included ephemera from the original 1986 event and documentation of Keegan's recreation, as well as other materials related to the cultural, political, and artistic climate of the 1980s, drawing connections between the past and present. As the artist notes, the goal was not to create a definitive argument, but to pose the question "How did we get here?"
In addition to solo shows at several galleries, Keegan's work has been exhibited in notable group exhibitions internationally, including Short Stories at SculptureCenter (2011), The Anxiety of Photography at the Aspen Art Museum (2011), Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2010), and The Generational: Younger than Jesus at the New Museum (2009).
DescriptionStenciled linen pulp on cotton base sheet.
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