1975 · United States
Contemporary artist Matt Saunders works across media to transform views of the everyday world into otherworldly spaces. From his atmospheric video installations to this reverse negative painting of landscapes, Saunders’ emphasis on light and materials makes his process rather unique.
Having expressed a lifelong fascination with the art of film in the past, Saunders fully explores the potential of the connections between film, photography, and painting in many of his compositions. He is particularly intrigued by the notion of cultural memory, so it would seem that he works to infuse yet upend this expectation that is also often placed on painting. At the same time, he seems intrigued by the element of exposure, not only in terms of the play of light and dark within an image but also in just how far he can manipulate this relationship and still convey a successful concept in his work.
Born in Tacoma, Washington, in 1975, Saunders has been exhibiting his work internationally since 2007 in both group and solo exhibition venues. Recent solo exhibitions include “Matt Saunders: Two Worlds” at Blum & Poe, Tokyo (2016), “Currents 114” at the Saint Louis Art Museum (2017) and “Poems of Our Climate” at Marian Goodman Gallery in London (2018).