“I am interested in ways that humanity sequesters itself,” Matthew Monteith has said about his work documenting the social structures that serve to insulate individuals from their surroundings. Whether these forms are architectural, functional, or imaginary, Monteith’s images show how they allow for a detachment from reality.
Frame dimensions: 12"x12". Print dimensions vary.
Signature: Signature label, affixed to the back of the frame.
Image rights: Courtesy the artist
About Matthew Monteith
In his photographs, Matthew Monteith explores the line between reality and the idyllic, paying special attention to the various ways people isolate themselves, whether in cars or institutions such as hospitals and classrooms. Citing artists Andreas Gursky, Vik Muniz, and Thomas Demand as influences, Monteith is interested in exploring concepts of photographic truth and the constructed image. In his series “Czech Eden”, which consists of photographs taken while on a Fulbright Scholarship from 2001–02, he creates contemporary reflections on the idealized world of postcard imagery and found photographs. Even when focused on particular places, his brilliantly colored and detailed images capture global desires for knowledge and utopia, as well as speaking to universal issues like consumption.
American , b. 1974, Howell, Michigan