Passages (Travelogue series)
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"Passages" was exhibited at Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington D.C., February 11 - March 10, 2011 www.hamiltoniangallery.com/exhibitions/matthew-… Read More
"Passages" was exhibited at Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington D.C., February 11 - March 10, 2011 www.hamiltoniangallery.com/exhibitions/matthew-mann-and-joyce-y-j-lee/ Read Less
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"Passages" documents and catalogues my recent to China and Western Europe on the Henry Walters Travel Grant from April through June 2011. While on the road, I repeatedly noticed distinct geometric light forms--illuminations that enlivened a flat surface or void. These voids look like evanescent portals to imaginary dimensions of space.

"Passages" presents these light forms as a series of digital photographs and video projections. The photographs capture fleeting light from far-flung places such as the Great Wall of China and the 2011 Venice Biennale. The video projections animate light forms interacting with figures in an effort to reflect on one's inner condition in foreign environments. This work symbolizes the states of transition in my journey on two levels: 1.) the physical transience of moving from place to place and 2.) the metaphysical progression through time and space. These disconnected destinations share a tenuous tie through the phenomenology of light.
"Passages installation," video projection installation, dimensions variable, 6:49 minutes / 3:45 minutes, 2012
"First Light" installation, video projection, dimensions variable, 6:49 minutes, 2012
"Last Light" installation, video projection, dimensions variable, 3:45 minutes, 2012
"Passages" photograph installation, face-mounted archival print, 18" x 24" (6 total), 2012
Travelogue 7.17.11: Great Light | Great Wall, Mutianyu, Beijing, face-mounted archival print, 18" x 24", 2012
Travelogue 6.9.11: Beyond Reform, Diohandi, Venice, face-mounted archival print, 24" x 18", 2012
Travelogue 5.18.11: Light Peak, Libeskind, Berlin, face-mounted archival print, 18" x 24", 2012
face-mounted archival print, 24" x 18", 2012
Travelogue 6.6.11: Para Peek, Song, Venice, face-mounted archival print, 24" x 18", 2012
Travelogue 4.22.11: Venster van Rembrandthuis, Amsterdam, face-mounted archival print, 18" x 24", 2012