Matthew Mann + Milana Braslavsky | The Salon of Little Deaths
Matthew Mann and Milana Braslavsky revitalize the enduring genres of landscape and still life with a contemporary approach in The Salon of Little Deaths, an exhibition on view at Hamiltonian Gallery from May 11 - June 15, 2013. Please join us for an opening reception on Saturday, May 11 from 7 - 9 pm and an artist talk on Tuesday, May 14 at 7 pm.
Painter Matthew Mann investigates narrative and the pictorial vocabulary of painting through disjointed landscapes, dead birds and eruptions of foliage on fields of luminous color. Mann's new works blend myriad visual references including 17th century Dutch still lives, Ming Dynasty landscapes, digital images of paintings and online pop-up ads. The result is a collection of cryptic works that speak at once to art history and visual perception in the digital age.
Milana Braslavsky's seductive photographic still lifes of fruit on tabletops are replete with quiet violence, sexual tension and a wry sensibility. Contrasting the delicacy of ripe fruit with crisply folded linens and household objects, Braslavsky's sumptuous photographs function both as still lifes and evocative portraits of unseen personages while communicating themes of desire, loss and decay.
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