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September 10 - October 24, 2020
  • Over the past twenty years, Matt Lipps has developed a distinctive photographic practice that pays tribute to the history of twentieth century photography while also questioning the dominant myths that structure our cultural narratives. This exhibition presents new work from two related but distinct series, both of which incorporate analogue photography, collage and printed media.

  • Where Figure Becomes Ground, begun in 2019, merges documentary photographs from the male-oriented magazine US Camera Annual with iconic 1990s...
    Matt Lipps
    Pose, 2020
    Gelatin Silver Print
    14 x 17 1/2 inches
    Edition of 5 + 2 APs
    $6,000.00

    Where Figure Becomes Ground, begun in 2019, merges documentary photographs from the male-oriented magazine US Camera Annual with iconic 1990s fashion images published in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

    • Matt Lipps Balance, 2020 Gelatin Silver Print 14 x 11 inches Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      Matt Lipps
      Balance, 2020
      Gelatin Silver Print
      14 x 11 inches
      Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      $6,000.00
    • Matt Lipps Machine, 2019 Gelatin Silver Print 14 x 11 inches Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      Matt Lipps
      Machine, 2019
      Gelatin Silver Print
      14 x 11 inches
      Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      $6,000.00
    • Matt Lipps Holds, 2019 Gelatin Silver Print 14 x 11 inches Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      Matt Lipps
      Holds, 2019
      Gelatin Silver Print
      14 x 11 inches
      Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      $6,000.00
    • Matt Lipps Ladder, 2019 Gelatin Silver Print 14 x 11 inches Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      Matt Lipps
      Ladder, 2019
      Gelatin Silver Print
      14 x 11 inches
      Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      $6,000.00
    • Matt Lipps Birds, 2019 Gelatin Silver Print 14 x 17 1/2 inches Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      Matt Lipps
      Birds, 2019
      Gelatin Silver Print
      14 x 17 1/2 inches
      Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      $6,000.00
    • Matt Lipps Stance, 2019 Gelatin Silver Print 14 x 17 1/2 inches Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      Matt Lipps
      Stance, 2019
      Gelatin Silver Print
      14 x 17 1/2 inches
      Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      $6,000.00
  • In exploring the role of mass media in forming the photographic canon and structuring gender, Lipps simultaneously questions the disparate notions about both genres: shallow commerce versus deep investigation; ephemeral style versus timeless documents; and femininity versus masculinity.

  • Matt Lipps
    Dance, 2019
    Archival Pigment Print
    52 x 80 inches
    Edition of 5 + 2 APs
    $18,000.00
     
  • Matt Lipps
    Peaks, 2019
    Archival Pigment Print
    53 x 80 inches
    Edition of 5 + 2 APs
    $18,000.00
  • In the second series, undertaken in 2020, Lipps reconsiders the photographs included in MoMA’s widely seen, highly controversial 1955 Family...
    Matt Lipps
    No. 140, 2020
    Gelatin Silver Print
    11 x 14 inches
    Edition of 5 + 2 APs
    $6,000.00

    In the second series, undertaken in 2020, Lipps reconsiders the photographs included in MoMA’s widely seen, highly controversial 1955 Family of Man exhibition and catalogue.

    • Matt Lipps No. 000, 2020 Gelatin Silver Print 14 x 11 inches Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      Matt Lipps
      No. 000, 2020
      Gelatin Silver Print
      14 x 11 inches
      Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      $6,000.00
    • Matt Lipps No. 096, 2020 Gelatin Silver Print 14 x 11 inches Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      Matt Lipps
      No. 096, 2020
      Gelatin Silver Print
      14 x 11 inches
      Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      $6,000.00
    • Matt Lipps No. 130, 2020 Gelatin Silver Print 14 x 11 inches Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      Matt Lipps
      No. 130, 2020
      Gelatin Silver Print
      14 x 11 inches
      Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      $6,000.00
    • Matt Lipps No. 086, 2020 Gelatin Silver Print 14 x 11 inches Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      Matt Lipps
      No. 086, 2020
      Gelatin Silver Print
      14 x 11 inches
      Edition of 5 + 2 APs
      $6,000.00
  • As a young photographer discovering his queer identity, Lipps immersed himself in the glamorous pages of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, privately identifying with the supermodels and scrutinizing the work of leading fashion photographers like Richard Avedon and Irving Penn.

  • Matt Lipps
    Fluid, 2019
    Archival Pigment Print
    50 x 93 inches
    Edition of 5 + 2 APs
    $18,000.00
  • While revisiting the photographs of twentieth century modernism to understand how they have informed our collective memory, Lipps also points...
    Matt Lipps
    Ride, 2019
    Archival Pigment Print
    40 x 30 1/2 inches
    Edition of 5 + 2 APs
    $11,000.00

    While revisiting the photographs of twentieth century modernism to understand how they have informed our collective memory, Lipps also points out that “Fashion photography is, ultimately, not superficial. Its hyperbolic space of idealized female figures invades our bodies and minds, channels desire, coaches gender performance, and structures class identities. It has a profound influence on culture.”

  • Lipps' process involves meticulously cutting out portions of the journalistic images and layering them onto freestanding cardboard silhouettes of supermodels in animated poses, creating three-dimensional tableaux that are then re-photographed and enlarged.

  • The resulting image-laden figures function as both surface and aperture while the combination of gritty realism and feminized sexuality creates new and unexpected readings. In physically constructing his images, Lipps addresses photography’s ability to shape reality, manufacture emotion, script identity, warp memory and dictate desire.

  • Matt Lipps (b. 1975) holds a BFA in Photography from California State University and an MFA from the University of California Irvine. His work is in the permanent collections of major museums including The Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles and the Hammer Museum. He has also participated in exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Getty Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Lipps lives and works in Los Angeles.