Matt McCormick

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MEDIUM: Film/Video
RUN OF SHOW: January 18th – March 29th 2008
VENUE: Hedreen Gallery, Lee Center for the Arts

Seattle - The Hedreen Gallery at the Lee Center for the Arts is pleased to present videos from Matt McCormick's future so bright series. Relentlessly blurring the line between documentary, installation and experimental film, McCormick has poetically captured the spirit of the American West in his latest body of work.

Shot on 16mm film and transferred to digital video, McCormick’s images of forgotten and disregarded spaces slowly create large-scale, moving portraits of America’s contemporary Western landscapes. In these videos, crumbling barns are positioned against fading signs and abandoned houses, endless skies frame vacant farmyards, and windmills turn tirelessly in the distance.

By examining these forgotten spaces and iconic relics, McCormick creates a record of the decline of the American Dream. But as a series, the videos act like a powerful landscape drawing of the contemporary sublime. McCormick’s work is an ode to a falling empire, a swan song to what was, as well as a love song to what could still be.