I love being introduced to the artists I have never heard of, so thanks to Brian for mentioning Matt Connors. Find out more about his work on his gallery's website, if you are interested. Next week I am going to share the last instalment of the series, and probably my absolute favourite photo book I have seen in a while, please check back.
A Bell Is A Cup - Matt Connors (published by Rainoff, 2012)
I wish I could show you every single spread from this book. And then, I would take you along with me to Matt's exhibition last year at MoMA PS1 in NYC, entitled "Impressionism" - because there's really no way for me to describe in words why this book (and Matt's work) is so resonant. You just have to see it and feel it. Matt's paintings and other works are clever and thoughtful and they reverberate - there is almost a musical quality to them. I see and hear echoes between various paintings and different materials and subjects. I think the exhibition had a large part in this reaction; it affected the way I look at this book, for sure. I open Matt's book often because its contemporary abstraction clears my head and focuses my mind. In particular, the colors here are such an inspiration to my work.