“I was drawn to a humble artifact of urban winter: the masses of dirty ice and snow that accumulate in the wheel wells of cars. [After suspending them] from the ceiling of my studio with fishing line in front of a white backdrop, I photographed each one from top to bottom and from front to back, later compositing the many frames together into a single seamless image. Because the subject is removed from its original context, the result is surprisingly abstract, despite its hyper clarity and one-to-one scale representation. I'm curious about how this [duality] comments on photography's inherent struggle with being simultaneously a reflection of something from the world as well as an object itself.” — Andy Mattern
Based in Stillwater, OK, Andy Mattern (b. 1979) is a contemporary photographer who uses everyday objects as a source of inspiration. Andy’s images focus on residual forms found in urban landscapes and consumer products, especially those which emerge as byproducts of other systems or activities without design or intentionality.Read Full Bio
Recent exhibitions include POP Explosion: the Artist and Popular Culture, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley, PA (2014); Absent Vessel, Photo Center NW, Seattle, WA (2013); Trace, Greymatter Gallery, Milwaukee, WI (2013); and Introductions, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2013), among many others. In 2013, Andy received The Photo Center Artist Printing Fellowship. Andy holds a BFA in Studio Art from the University of New Mexico and an MFA in Photography from the University of Minnesota. Andy Mattern is currently the Assistant Professor of Photography & Digital Media at Oklahoma State University.
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