On Thursday (June 29), West Hollywood’s M+B Gallery hosts an opening reception for Matte Black Marks, Matte Black Pictures, a new exhibition of works that investigates “what constitutes a picture in an inkjet era” by photographer and CalArts alumnus Phil Chang (Art MFA 05).
Chang produced the images by manually applying matte black inkjet printer ink directly onto the surfaces of matte inkjet paper using foam brushes, emphasizing the “material properties and economic conditions of inkjet media.”
From the press release:
A variation of marks will be on view including single marks, multiple marks and Chang’s attempts at covering entire sheets of inkjet paper with matte black ink. In several of the works, Chang has manually applied matte black ink to actual inkjet prints that display variations of grey. On close inspection, it is difficult to discern any differences between the results of the printer or that of Chang’s labor due to the absorbing qualities and flat surface of inkjet paper.
Chang lives and works in Los Angeles and is currently a visiting professor at UCLA. His recent solo exhibitions include Monochromes, Static and Unfixed at the California Museum of Photography, Riverside and Cache, Active at LA><ART. Recent institutional group shows include Light Play: Experiments in Photography, 1970 to the Present at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and About Time at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).
Matte Black Marks, Matte Black Pictures is on view through Aug. 31. Above is a slideshow of selected works on view.
Phil Chang: Matte Black Marks, Matte Black Pictures
June 29 through Aug. 31
612 N. Almont Dr., Los Angeles