Anthology Film Archives

Matthew Placek

Baxter St is proud to present Balloons Umbrellas & Snow, a solo show of lens-based work by the New York-based artist Matthew Placek. Taking place concurrently at Baxter St’s gallery at 126 Baxter Street and at Anthology Film Archives, this exhibition draws from a growing archive of 35mm film photographs taken by Placek over the past three decades. Balloons Umbrellas & Snow consists of a selection of photographs from his archive installed at Baxter St, and the first public presentation of Placek’s ongoing eponymous video work on view at Anthology Film Archives. Conceived to be experienced in tandem, the multi-site exhibition continues Placek’s ongoing exploration of memory as well his commitment to capturing presence, in particular the places and people in his community and the relationships between them across time.

The exhibition will be on view both at Baxter St. (126 Baxter Street, NYC) and at Anthology Film Archives, where it will be viewable through October 15, from noon to 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday (with extended hours on September 7 and September 15 until 8pm).

Balloons Umbrellas & Snow is presented by Baxter St. at CCNY and made possible with support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

Born in Ohio, Matthew Placek relocated to New York City in 1997 to pursue his interests in photography, video, and installation. His commitment to capturing presence, whether as a sense of place, the passage of time, and/or the relationships between people, has led to his multimedia output. Placek’s practice is durational and also engaged with the archive. Of primary concern to Placek is negotiating uninterrupted concentration from both his viewers and subjects, which he does through expanding the formal and conceptual notions of portraiture. As our attention spans diminish due to the spatio-temporal dislocations of our era, the frenzied use of cell phones and social media, he aims to cultivate a moment with the sitter that lasts longer than a glance and can generate immersive and resonant experiences.

Placek has collaborated with notable contemporary artists such as Marina Abramovic, Julian Schnabel, David Salle, Vanessa Beecroft, Richard Prince, Brice Marden, Cindy Sherman, James Ivory, and Yoko Ono. His individual and collaborative work has been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Kitchen, Deitch Projects, Mary Boone Gallery, Galleria Lia Rumma, the Sundance Film Festival’s “New Frontier,” The Toronto International Film Festival, The Stockholm International Film Festival, The National Young Arts Foundation and the National Monument Fort Jay at Governors Island. He has been awarded grants from The National Young Arts Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. His residencies include The Pocantico Center at the Rockefeller estate and Marfa, Texas.

For more info about Baxter St., click here.