“If my mother used a photo of a smiling Burt Reynolds to identify the adjective ‘happy’, what would the image be for ‘actor’, or ‘masculine’, or ‘mustache’? The Marlborough Man also makes his way into my mother’s archive, but is used to either illustrate the concept of ‘cowboy’ or ‘smoker’. Identities become secondary, replaced with a demand for a basic way of looking that attempts to literalize what the camera presents to us.”
Artist Matt Keegan writes a feature article for issue 24 of the UK arts and culture journal MAP, discussing his installation in the recent Henry exhibition Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture.
Since closing at the Henry on January 23rd, Image Transfer has hit the road! It’s currently on view at the Richard E. Peeler Art Center at DePauw University (Greencastle, Indiana) from February 22 to May 6, and then goes to the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture in Baltimore from October 6 to December 10.