Solve For X: Matt Lipps' Carefully Constructed Photographic Tableaus
Over the past twenty years, Matt Lipps has developed a distinctive photographic practice that pays tribute to the history of twentieth-century photography while also questioning the dominant myths that structure our cultural narratives. This exhibition at Yancey Richardson Gallery presents new work from two related but distinct series, both of which incorporate analog photography, collage, and printed media.
Lipps' process involves meticulously cutting out portions of the journalistic images and layering them onto freestanding cardboard silhouettes of supermodels in animated poses, creating three-dimensional tableaux that are then re-photographed and enlarged. In exploring the role of mass media in forming the photographic canon and structuring gender, Lipps simultaneously questions the disparate notions about both genres: shallow commerce versus deep investigation; ephemeral style versus timeless documents; and femininity versus masculinity.
View the exhibition online in Yancey Richardson's viewing gallery.