Matthew Brannon, ‘The Economy of Emotions’, 2012, Maharam
Matthew Brannon, ‘The Economy of Emotions’, 2012, Maharam

Matthew Brannon slyly employs semiotics as a way to comment on the plight of the individual in mainstream consumer culture. The title of this work is important to its reading, playfully pairing the idea of controllable or measurable emotions with a disorderly lattice of rulers. Each installation of The Economy of Emotions bears the artist's signature in the form of a single uniquely placed praying mantis.

Series: Maharam Digital Projects

Image rights: © 2012 Matthew Brannon, Maharam under license

About Matthew Brannon

Matthew Brannon is best known for his letterpress and screen prints of incongruous combinations of images and text. These prints are rendered in a subtle, stripped-down aesthetic, evoking mass production and marketing design. For a 2006 series of blue and black silkscreen prints, Brannon paired representations of potted plants with grim subtitles such as Sick Whore and How It All Ends, in keeping with his thematic interest in pathology and personal struggle. Brannon’s sculptures exhibit a similar pictorial simplicity, often executed in few colors and with meticulous attention to symmetry and balance. Like a stage set for the performance of a play set on board a ship, the mixed-media installation Nevertheless (2009) features a minimalist turquoise and white model of a bedroom, adorned with curtains and decorative bottles carved from balsa wood—a space both beautiful and somehow bereft.

American, b. 1971, St. Maries, Idaho, based in New York, New York