FEATURED ARTIST: MATTHEW PORTER // MUSCLE CARS IN THE SKY

Friday, November 2nd 2012
Matthew Porter is a Brooklyn artist that received his BA from Bard College in '98 and his MFA from Bard-ICP in '06. Most of his work integrates historical and modern cultural references in a very simple but yet awe-capturing manner. Porter's work became involved in group art showings in 2005. He then had his first solo art show in 2006 at the Marty Walker Gallery in Dallas, which later followed another solo show that year at the ICP-Bard Gallery in New York. He has since then done solo shows every year at galleries such as Jack the Pelican Presents, New York (2007), Scope Art Fair in Miami (2008), M+B in LA (2009), Invisible Exports in New York (2011) and during Fall 2012, he will be involved in After Photoshop: Manipulated Photography in the Digital Age (Sept 25th, 2012 - May 27th 2013). 
We at Wicked Quick favor his collection called "Flying Cars!" Check them out!
Here are a few snippets from an interview by Rosecrans Baldwin.
In many of the pictures, there's an affection for wide-open spaces and grandeur  even myths: big skies, flying cars, floating blimps, cowboys. Do you find photography well suited for capturing big ideas?
Overall, I would have to say no. I've had to use quite a bit of Photoshop and travel to different parts of the country to make those images. It would be easier if I could make the work from scratch, or appropriate the imagery, but because I'm interested in authoring my own source material, I need acces to the subject. Sometimes I feel like photography is not the best medium for the work I'm making, but I'm determined.
The flying cars have garnered a lot of attention. Where did they start for you? Are you still interested in them?
I was inspired by '70s road and car chase movies to make something with muscle cars, but I couldn't get away from a documentary style project. Then I happened to see the end of the Starsky & Hutch remake, where the car freezes in mid-air while lens flares splash over the hood, and I realized that's what I wanted. Then it became a problem of how to do it on a small budget.
I like them because they represent iconic moments that have very little with telling a story. No one ever talks about how Bullitt is a police procedural, but I see stills from the car chase reproduced all the time; the imagery is vivid enough to remain, and they play directly to the imagination. When I get an opportunity to install work somewhere, I like the flying cars to function the same way, so they should never be shown all together. I'll proably continue to make them, maybe one every year for a while.
All images copyright the artist, all rights reserved.
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Visit Matthew Porter's website here:
http://www.matthewporterphoto.com/

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