Thursday, November 19, 2015

Next Exhibition - Charles Matton, A Photographic Survey

The Grand Piano Tail in the Whitened Windows Living Room, 1986 © Photography Charles Matton, Credit: Estate Charles Matton

The gallery is pleased to present “A Photographic Survey”, our first solo exhibition and Canadian premiere by multitalented French artist Charles Matton. 

A Photographic Survey

Exhibition Dates: November 28, 2015 – January 16, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 28, 2-5pm

This exhibition will display a selection of work, including photographs from his very first “Reconstitutions of Sites”, from the early stages of a process started in 1986 which led to his famous “Boxes”. The self-described “manufacturer of images” created these interiors by designing, building, sculpting, painting, and lighting miniaturized sets. Matton then photographed these sets to produce “almost realistic” images depicting a parallel universe of spaces and accessories created by the artist through composition, material, and colour. He carefully crafted lighting, the final step in his process, to break down the appearances into endless interpretations in his obsessive search of reality.

The N.Y. Bow Window N.Y. with Urbain, the Bull-terrier, 1987 © Photography Charles Matton, Credit: Estate Charles Matton

From 1960 to 1983 Matton stopped exhibiting publicly and focused on painting for himself and a small group of collectors. During this time he worked as an illustrator for Esquire magazine, as well as Christian Bourgois Publisher and Le Club Français du Livre, among others. Matton also worked in stage design and was the screenwriter and director for six films, including his internationally acclaimed 1998 film Rembrandt, with actor Klaus Maria Brandauer, which earned the 1997 French Grand Prix for best script.

Alberto Giacometti's Studio box with Charles Matton's hand, 1986 © Photography Charles Matton, Credit: Estate Charles Matton

Charles Matton was born in Paris in 1931 where he lived until his death in 2008.  He has been written about in publications by French philosophers such as Jean Beaudrillard, Paul Virilio, and Alain Finkielkraut, and in publications including ARTNews, ArtForum, New York Times, Rolling Stone, Art in America, and LA Weekly, as well as most French international press, including FMR magazine. His  work has been exhibited worldwide at venues such as Palais de Tokyo, Paris; AVA Gallery, London; Michael Haas Gallery, Berlin; Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Städtische Museen, Germany; CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China; and Forum Gallery, New York and Los Angeles. His work can be found in public collections including the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; a permanent installation at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris; and many private collections, including the Me Collection, Berlin.

A White draped Couch in a white Space, 1987 © Photography Charles Matton, Credit: Estate Charles Matton

FREE Saturday Afternoon Screenings at CAMERA
3:00 PM

Join us for a weekly 2pm screening of the short film Charles Matton: A Visible Tale, followed by our regular 3pm screening.

2:00 PM, Every Saturday from November 28-19 and January 9-16

Dir. Sylvie Matton (France: 2009), 43 mins

November 28

Dir. Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack (USA: 1933), 100 min.

December 5

Dir. Tobe Hooper (USA: 1982), 114 min.

December 12

Dir. Tim Burton (USA: 1989), 126 min.

December 19 – Holiday Double Feature

Dir. Chuck Jones and Ben Washam (USA: 1966), 26 min.

Dir. Jon Favreau (USA: 2003), 97 min.

December 26 - No Screening
January 2 - No Screening

January 9 

Dir. Martin Scorsese (USA: 2011), 126 min.

January 16

Dir. Wes Anderson (USA: 2014), 99 min.

Only films in languages other than English will be shown with subtitles. If you require subtitles for English language films we can accommodate a special screening the same day at noon provided we receive 48 hours notice.

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