Exhibition - Artist's Reception
Oct 21 07:00 PM - Oct 21 10:00 PM
The Exquisite Corpse of Film Photography by Matthew Terrell
Oct 21 - Nov 26
Exhibition Matthew Terrell uses surrealist-inspired photography techniques to create layered images where people, nature, architecture, and graphics collapse into dreamlike images. Utilizing a film-based, double-exposure process, Terrell constructs dynamic photographs evocative of Surrealist painting, Dada sculpture, and fantasy film. All of the images are constructed completely in camera—no computer-controlled trickery needed to capture these other-worldly compositions. Terrell utilizes an “Exquisite Corpse” practice during shooting; he exposes, rewinds, and reshoots rolls of film without knowing what images are being combined. This randomized process allows odd and unusual images to come forward. Bodies grow out of trees, buildings hide faces in their facade, and colors buzz against each other to heighten the images. Long strips of film reveal a narrative of time and place, and show the photographer's progression documenting different subjects. Some photos appear almost cinematic—little movies playing along a reel of film. The photos are printed with the marks of the film apparent—frame breaks, sprocket holes, and film codes structure the images. “The Exquisite Corpse of Film Photography” preserves many classic techniques used by photographers of the early 20th century, and shows how surrealist technique remains relevant in today's digital photo world.