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Matt Magee: Signs


Please join us on Saturday, October 21st, from 6–8 pm for an opening reception for Signs, an exhibition of photographs by artist Matt Magee. The show will be on view from October 19th–November 19th.
 

Matt Magee has never been tied to one medium; even as a graduate student at Pratt his work fell into the category of “New Forms,” instead of the traditional discipline of painting or sculpture. He has continued these explorations throughout his career as an artist, masterfully making oil paintings, lithographs, and found object sculptures. He has also dabbled with the camera for decades, though he has only recently begun exhibiting his photographs.
 
Taken largely in the areas surrounding his current home of Phoenix, Arizona, and farther afield in places such as Cairo (a world traveler, he was born in Paris and spent part of his childhood in Libya), these photographs capture the world the way Matt Magee sees it. They have an immediacy about them; while his paintings are the product of many hours of meticulous work, these images are the result of a single instant, capturing the perfect juxtaposition of a cactus and a lamppost or a bridge bisecting the sky. The images in his photographs come ready-made, requiring only his unique vision and a quick trigger finger.
 
His works are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the University of New Mexico Museum, the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, and others. He has been exhibiting his work for over thirty years, and has recently had solo exhibitions at inde/jacobs in Marfa, Texas and at John Molloy Gallery in New York. He currently lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona.