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Matthew Pillsbury : Then and Now


Edwynn Houk Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by Matthew Pillsbury (American, b. 1973). On view from Thursday, November 14th through Saturday, December 21st, Then and Now  will be the artist’s inaugural show with the gallery. Featuring twenty-two images encompassing both his black and white and color work, the exhibition marks the debut of Pillsbury’s latest photographs taken in 2019, which will be displayed alongside a selection of important earlier works spanning series such as Screen Lives, Time Frame, and Sanctuary. Meditating on the themes of space, time and urban existence, Pillsbury’s images challenge conceptions of permanence byusing long-exposures to depict the flow of time through the physical spaces we occupy. Often taken using exposuresexceeding one hour, the sharp, clear photographs capture a striking contrast between buildings and other stationary objectsthat appear as solid, enduring entities, and the throngs of people in perpetual motion who pass through the frame astransparent incorporeal apparitions, in flux and impermanent. There is a haunting quality to the images; set in recognizableplaces, our sense of familiarity is destabilized by the apparent paradox of experiencing...

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