Midlife Crisis Intermission at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller

Jun 22, 2013 4:25PM

Glenn Horowitz Bookseller is pleased to present Matthew Brannon: Midlife Crisis Intermission, a site-specific solo exhibition of artworks never before shown in the U.S., opening Saturday June 29, and on view through July 27, 2013. A reception for the artist will be held on June 29, 2013.

Matthew Brannon is best known for his rich letterpress prints of high-end cultural trappings arranged in simple but elegant tableaus. In them, Brannon plays with the moment between representation and association, employing mid-century advertising and design language (pre-digital techniques, vintage colors and typefaces) to entice viewers, and his own poetic wit to disarm them.

This exhibition will feature a selection of 13 letterpress prints, all in an edition of one, selected by the artist for their navigation of specific themes of status, excess, ego and connoisseurship. Three new works were produced in conjunction with the book Mr. Brett Easton Ellis / Mr. Matthew Brannon, published on occasion of this exhibition by Glenn Horowitz Bookseller.

Throughout his career, Brannon has fluttered between the worlds of art and literature, both working amongst writers and assuming his own literary identity. For this collaboration with Bret Easton Ellis, Brannon has selected text from two of the author’s seminal works, Less Than Zero and Lunar Park. Cheerful depictions of liquor bottles, Hollywood awards and 1980’s accoutrements screen-printed on full color pages act as a sympathetic companion to Ellis’s letterpress-laid excerpts.

Matthew Brannon was born in St. Maries, Idaho and currently lives and works in New York City. Brannon studied visual arts, art theory, and psychology at UCLA, and received an MFA from Columbia University, New York. He has been the subject of over 19 solo exhibitions throughout the US and Europe,  including the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York.