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Just Released: New Title by One Day Projects
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I am a contributor to a new title from One Day Projects, a collaborative publishing project from Eliot Dudik and Jared Ragland.

From the press release:

“On August 21, 2017, the total solar eclipse provided a rare opportunity for people across the United States to experience a collective encounter. Inspired by both the natural wonder and symbolic possibilities of this unique occurrence, photographers from inside and outside the path of totality were invited to document and share their experiences. The resulting book, And light followed the flight of sound, features 85 images by 52 emergent and established photographic artists.

Edited, designed and produced by Eliot Dudik and Jared Ragland and presented as a 30-foot-long, hand-bound accordion with an enclosed saddle-stitched zine and essay by art historian Catherine Wilkins, Ph.D., University of South Florida, the limited edition of 150 copies is printed on digital offset, covered in a foil-stamped cloth, and comes housed in a clear Mylar sleeve, also foil stamped. As the book is removed from its sleeve, the foil stamps mimic the passage of the moon in front of the sun.”

One Day Projects

And light followed the flight of sound
8 x 6 x 1 in. x 27 ft.
Edition of 150

Matthew Gamber
Visual Studies Workshop, Project Space Residency, June 25–July 14, 2018
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I will be in residence at Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester to continue my research on the co-inventors of Kodachrome. From the site:

"For his Project Space residency, Matthew Gamber intends to continue an ongoing project titled “Lost Color of God and Man,” an evolving slideshow of three-color separations related to the historical geography of the inventors of Kodachrome, Leopold Godowsky and Leopold Mannes. Shot in Rochester locations where the inventors worked on their early color film experiments, these images serve as a reenactment of the light that the inventors might have experienced. How did they see color before they created a means to replicate it, and how did they imagine their tools recorded it? Gamber plans to create a series of prints of the overlapping images, and translate the slideshow into an artist book proposal for future publication."


Visual Studies Workshop
31 Prince St.
Rochester, MA 14607

Project Space One
June 25–July 14, 2018

Matthew Gamber
2017 Recipient, Individual Photographer’s Fellowship, Aaron Siskind Foundation, 2017
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Honored to receive an Individual Photographer’s Fellowship from the Aaron Siskind Foundation for 2017:

From the press release:

"The Aaron Siskind Foundation is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of the Individual Photographer’s Fellowship offered to U.S. artists working in still photography and photography-based media. The Aaron Siskind Foundation works to promote and protect Aaron Siskind’s artistic legacy, to foster understanding of and appreciation for his work, and to support contemporary photographic art and artists. Aaron Siskind established this grant prior to his death in 1991 to assist independent creative photographers to pursue personal projects without bias to any particular form of the medium.


2017 Recipients:
Manal Abu-Shaheen, Long Island City, NY
Amanda Boe, Brooklyn, NY
Eli Durst, Long Island City, NY
Matthew Gamber, Worcester, MA
Anthony Hamboussi, Brooklyn, NY
Natalie Keyssar, Brooklyn, NY
Lauren Marsolier, Los Angeles, CA
Patricia Voulgaris, Levittown, NY

Full press release available from the Aaron Siskind Foundation.

Matthew Gamber
Vagabond Time Killers, Maxon Mills Gallery, The Wassaic Project, May 20–September 24, 2017
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From the exhibition statement: 

"This exhibition, Vagabond Time Killers, features the work of 53 emerging artists; the majority of which have come to us as artists-in-residence and have lived and worked here, in Wassaic. The works included depict each artist’s relationship, perception, and interpretation of our current location in space and time, and how art and its context can transform people, places, and ideas. Each of these artists and their work are part of Wassaic’s quirky history, and embody the spirit of the Vagabond Time Killers."

Maxon Mills Gallery
The Wassaic Project
37 Furnace Bank Rd.
Wassaic, NY 12592

May 20–September 24, 2017

Gallery Hours:
Friday 5:00–7:00pm
Saturday 12:00–7:00pm
Sunday 12:00–5:00pm

Matthew Gamber
Collective Thinking, For Freedoms, Aperture Foundation, February 22–March 9, 2017
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Collective Thinking, For Freedoms
Aperture Foundation
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Aperture has invited the artist-run super PAC, For Freedoms, to curate and implement an improvisational exhibition and series of dialogues that investigates the photographic collective as a model for responsive artistic production.

This two-week project will feature live events that bring together several active photography communities to discuss the practices, benefits, and methodologies of collectivity, while focusing on the question of what defines “the political” in art-making today. Each collective is invited to contribute a visual prompt for discussion and selected works to be presented in the space; the main propulsion for this activity, however, will be a series of in-person activities including meet-ups, salon-style conversations, and other events.

The collectives included in the exhibition are EverydayClimateChangeInvisible BordersKamoinge,Piece of CakeRawi(ya), and WRRQ.


February 22–March 9, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 6:00–8:30 pm

Matthew Gamber
Unfixed: The Fugitive Image, Transformer Station, January 15–April 3, 2016
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From the Press Release:

This winter Transformer Station presents Unfixed: The Fugitive Image, an exhibition featuring 11 national and international artists who are exploring the ephemeral image in a wide variety of ways with and without cameras, in still images as well as video. Although photographic images existed long before, the birth of photography is marked by the date when we learned to “fix” a representative image on a light sensitive surface permanently. 

Since then, the truth of photographic representation has been often questioned and much discussed. Less debated, but just as questionable is the permanence of the photographic image. Of course, eventually, all surfaces decay and images fade, but the artists in this exhibition embrace the fleeting nature of the image that is created by light and is eventually destroyed by it.


Unfixed: The Fugitive Image 
Transformer Station
1460 West 29 Street
Cleveland, OH 44113

January 15, 2016–April 3, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, January 15, 2016, 6:30–8:30pm

Additional Programs:
Matthew Gamber / Gallery Talk / Saturday, January 16, 2:00pm

Matthew Gamber
The Field, The Neon Heater, August 4–18, 2016
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"It follows that no landscape can be exclusively devoted to the fostering of only one identity. Our imaginative literature abounds in descriptions or utopias where everyone is civic-minded, and there are many descriptions of the delights of living in harmony with nature as certain pretechnological societies presumably did. But we sense that these visions are not true to human nature as we know it, and that these landscapes can never be realized; and that is why many of us find utopian speculations unprofitable." — J. B. Jackson

The Field
The Neon Heater
400 1/2 S Main St., Rm. 22
Findlay, OH 45840

August 4–18, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 4, 2016, 6:00–8:00pm

Matthew Gamber
Archiv*, Gallery Kayafas, April 15–May 21, 2016
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Statement from the press release:

Fictional color
Broken games
Retired diagnostics
Functional fixedness
Corrupted transfers
Without instructions


Using a variety of processes, this exhibition is a play on the photograph as document. Documents are analogous to tools; they maintain a specific functional fixedness and resist reconfiguration by the user (reader). Useful documents substantiate history, whereas useless documents have no history. What was full of information is now empty.


Matthew Gamber / Archiv*
Gallery Kayafas
450 Harrison Avenue #37
Boston, MA 02118

January 15, 2016–April 3, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, April 15 & May 6, 2016, 5:30–8:00pm

Matthew Gamber
Theory In Studio: Model Images
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Work from Basic Ingredients of a Complex World featured in an article by Dan Weiskopf for his ongoing series Theory in Studio:

"Model-based photographs can have a distinctly digital appearance. But models themselves can be made of anything, including massive data structures, so these similarities are anything but superficial. Matthew Gamber has made several photographic images that demonstrate how traditional physical models are continuous with computational models. In Stanford Bunny (x2) (2012) and Utah Teapot (2013), the titular objects seem to emerge seamlessly from a uniform color field of blue or gray. The effect is eerie, and reminiscent of the ganzfeld hallucinations produced in psychophysical experiments; they appear to be conjured up by the brain’s own restless inability to cope with structureless input."

Read the rest of the article at Burnaway.

Matthew Gamber
Grammar, Cantor Art Gallery, January 20–February 27, 2016
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From the Press Release:

“Using a variety of photographic processes, the exhibition is an exploration of the meanings constructed around photography and the rules that govern its use. This exhibition is a survey of Gamber’s recent work based around his latest project, “Basic Ingredients of the Complex World,” his examination of how photography is both documentary and illusory – a paradox he demonstrates through experimentation with three-dimensional techniques.

Photography is a language by which we communicate information and ideas,” explains Gamber. “To be understood, we follow a shared set of rules, a kind of photographic grammar, where the messages implied in our pictures can be understood by others. The best way for me to participate in this dialogue is to create artwork in response to changing syntax throughout the history of photography. I hope viewers will gain broader understanding of how these implied conventions have fostered a variety of readings in the medium.”


Grammar
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery
College of the Holy Cross
January 20, 2016–February 27, 2016

Additional Programs:

Opening Reception
January 27, 5:00–6:30pm,

In Conversation with Nancy Burns and Ben Sloat
February 10, 5:00–6:00pm

Artist Talk
February 17, 12:00–1:00pm

Matthew Gamber