Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Lindsay Smith reviews Matthew Pillsbury

Matthew Pillsbury is an American artist who lives and works in New York. He graduated from Yale University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art, and later attended the School of Visual Arts in New York, receiving his Master of Fine Arts degree in 2004. Since graduating from the School of Visual Arts, Pillsbury has had dozens of solo and group exhibitions all over the world.

Matthew Pillsbury works exclusively with an 8x10 view camera, and available light to create large black and white photographs. His photographs are long exposures, some an hour or two, which show his subjects moving.

In Screen Lives, Pillsbury photographs people in every day settings sitting in front of a computer, or watching TV. His shots are long exposures, and reference how technology has taken over our every day life. “Bellagio Bed” shows a couple laying in bed, sleeping. In the reflection of a mirror, the viewer sees that there is a TV on in the room. This shows how even when we sleep, are lives are consumed by technology.

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