Matt Lipps | HORIZON/S | UCR California Museum of Photography

July 28-October 27, 2012
Reception, Saturday, July 28, 6-9 p.m., free admission

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – UCR California Museum of Photography (CMP) presents two new exhibitions that open in July 2012 that include Matt Lipps: HORIZON/S, the artist’s first solo museum exhibition, opening July 28th, and work from the CMP permanent collection in i.e. California: Haines Cirkut Panoramas of the Inland Empire, opening July 14th. A reception for both is on Saturday, July 28, 6-9 p.m., free admission. Thereception is preceded by an artist talk at CMP, 5-6 p.m., for the continuing exhibition, PASOS: Video Installations by Marsia Alexander-Clarke… [DDET read more]
For over a decade, Lipps has been developing a photographic process that involves cutting out images from publications, arranging them in sculptural still lives, re-photographing the arrangements, then printing the image several times larger than the original objects. This process, while decidedly hand crafted, evokes digital and contemporary ideas of appropriation, montage, and the evolving nature of photographic technology.

In HORIZON/S, Lipps focused on source material from the American arts and culture magazine, Horizon, which debuted in September 1958. The publication provided a popular visual platform, disseminating various art historical narratives, especially the grand arc of Modernism. Focusing on the first decade in print, Lipps carefully cut out images from vintage issues and curated these selections into unifying groups that betray the original context and meaning of source imagery. These groupings are then lit and re-photographed into complex tableaux that rupture historical and cultural narratives about how we relate to images, artifacts, and the collections that help us interpret them.

Matt Lipps received his MFAfrom University of California, Irvine in 2004. His work is in the collection of Los Angeles MOCA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and the Saatchi Collection, London, UK. In early 2011, Lipps’ work was part of LAXART’s billboard project in Los Angeles. He lives and works in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He is currently the Assistant Professor of Art at San Francisco State University.

HORIZON/S is Lipp’s first solo museum exhibition and the first time that the entireHORIZON/S body of work has ever been exhibited MattLipps: HORIZON/S is organized by UCR California Museum ofPhotograhy, and curated by UCR ARTSblock Exhibition Designer Jeff Cain.

UCR ARTSblock, which includes California Museum of Photography, Culver Center of the Arts, and Sweeney Art Gallery are located at 3824 & 3834 Main St., Riverside, CA 92501. The three venues are open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., plus 6-9 p.m. for First Thursday ArtWalks. Admission is $3, which includes entry to all the venues and is free during First Thursday ArtWalks (6-9 p.m.). For film screenings, Culver Center opens 30 minutes prior to the start time.[/DDET]