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Matthew Brannon

Oral Examination, 2010

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Matthew Brannon

What will you find beneath a polite exterior? The answer, of course, could be almost anything—but if you’re talking about one of American artist and writer Matthew Brannon’s works, you know it’s something a little more complex than meets the eye. Born in Idaho in 1971, Brannon studied in California and New York before entering the art world in the mid-90s. Part of a generation that defined itself more by what it rejected than by what it embraced, his graphic prints and installations subvert the self-assured optimism of mid-20th Century America while transforming its color palette and iconic forms into an acerbic commentary on superficiality.

Brannon’s works are clean, sparse, and always polite at first glance. They resonate with the language of advertisements, cinematic title sequences, and even party invitations, yet they are never what they seem. This is the source of their semiotic power—and why institutions like Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, the Royal Academy, and Vienna’s MAK have taken notice.

What will you find beneath a polite exterior? The answer, of course, could be almost anything—but if you’re talking about one of American artist and writer Matthew Brannon’s works, you know it’s something a little more complex than meets the eye. Born in Idaho in 1971, Brannon studied in California and New York before entering the art world in the mid-90s. Part of a generation that defined itself more […] more

Oral Examination, 2010

Cool, balanced, and understatedly self-assured, Oral Examination is not only an eye-catching example of Matthew Brannon’s signature graphic aesthetic—it also perfectly showcases the droll wit that has come to epitomize Brannon’s artistic output at every level of his practice. As is often seen in his prints, here Brannon places imagery that alludes to any number of mid-20th Century advertisements and posters alongside an ambiguous statement presented in a typeface to match. The effect is striking. As familiar as it is foreign, Oral Examination straddles a visual world between the mundane and the subversive, leaving its true meaning open to interpretation along the way.

Oral Examination was produced in conjunction with Museum Leuven and Brannon's 2010 exhibition "Mouse Trap, Light Switch." Signed and numbered on the front, this limited edition of 125 silkscreen prints on paper offers a fantastic opportunity to bring a piece that is quintessentially Matthew Brannon into your collection.

Cool, balanced, and understatedly self-assured, Oral Examination is not only an eye-catching example of Matthew Brannon’s signature graphic aesthetic—it also perfectly showcases the droll wit that has come to epitomize Brannon’s artistic output at every level of his practice. As is often seen in his prints, here Brannon places imagery that alludes to any number […] more

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Matthew Brannon
Oral Examination, 2010

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60 x 45,75 cm

Material:
Silkscreen on paper

Edition:
125, signed and numbered

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