Matthew Terrell Opens his "Children Of Winter" Show Friday Feb 2nd
Atlanta-based artist and writer Matthew Terrell premieres his first Steamboat show at Urbane as part of the February First Friday art walk and gallery event. “Children of Winter” continues Terrell's use of analogue photography to create surrealist images. Terrell has exhibited this style of work in San Francisco, Atlanta, and Savannah. This show features images from Steamboat Springs ski resort, where Terrell totes around old cameras to capture the beauty of the mountain. This show includes a 45-foot-long photo, which is Terrell's largest work to date. Included are several works printed on fabric, which will be for sale at an affordable price.
“Children of Winter” captures the beauty and magic of a full day on the mountain in Steamboat. The artist uses surrealist-inspired photography techniques to create layered images where people, nature, architecture, and graphics collapse into dreamlike images. Utilizing a film-based, double-exposure process, Terrell constructs dynamic photographs evocative of Surrealist painting, Dada sculpture, and fantasy film. All of the images are constructed completely in camera—no computer-controlled trickery needed to capture these other-worldly compositions. Terrell utilizes an “Exquisite Corpse”practice during shooting; he exposes, rewinds, and re shoots rolls of film without knowing what images are being combined. This randomized process allows odd and unusual images to come forward. Bodies grow out of trees, buildings hide faces in their facade, and colors buzz against each other to heighten the images. Long strips of film reveal a narrative of time and place, and show the photographer's progression documenting different subjects. Some photos appear almost cinematic—little movies playing along a reel of film. The photos are printed with the marks of the film apparent—frame breaks, sprocket holes, and film codes structure the images. “Children of Winter” preserves many classic techniques used by photographers of the early 20th century, and shows how surrealist technique remains relevant in today's digital photo world.