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Four False Starts: Matthew Porter’s Upcoming Show

Jan. 20, 2016

M+B Gallery is pleased to announce Four False Starts, Matthew Porter’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery.

Installed in the gallery are sixteen framed photographs—four sets of four pictures. Each of the sets is composed of work from a different series: a continued exploration of multiple exposure still lifes, b&w still lifes made in Porter’s father’s sculpture studio in Maine, a model wearing a dazzle camouflage suit that Porter commissioned, and pictures made at the fabrication facility Polich Tallix in upstate New York. Together, they form a mosaic of inquiry and interest, overlapping at times, and bonded by their pictorial similarities.

The exhibition takes its title from an artist profile written by Janet Malcolm, Forty-one False Starts. Each of the “starts” serves as an introduction, rebooting every few paragraphs, yet the stuttered essay coheres into a full portrait of an otherwise elusive subject. The piece has no ending, so the question is how to begin—a redundant, tidal process that washes new ideas over old ones.

The exhibition will run from January 23, 2016 through March 12, 2016, with an opening reception on Saturday, January 23 from 6 to 8 pm.


612 North Almont Drive

Los Angeles, California 90069

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