Matthew Pillsbury's Globe - New York Times Magazine Redesign

Edmonton Location

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ever-so prolific Matthew Pillsbury recently completed a commission for the cover of the newly re-designed New York Times Magazine. The 119-year old publication re-launched Sunday, February 22nd with the “Global Issue” and included new features, an updated logo and overall bold, clean layout. The magazine's digital presence has also been re-designed, with an emphasis on photography and design in its online feature content. The New Weekly features include “First Words”- an opening essay featuring columnists writing about language as cultural critics, “Search Results”- an annotated guide to things of interest on the vast worldwide web, and “Letters of Recommendation”- a free-for-all space for writers to write about anything of wholehearted interest and passion.

Matthew Pillsbury, along with artists Hannah Whitaker, Sara Cwynar, and the duo Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari were commissioned by NYTM design director Gail Bichler to respond to “the idea of chaos in the world, and how this is something we have all learned to live with”. For the official “Global Issue” cover image, Matthew did over 300 exposures of three spinning globes using only available light in his basement studio. Shooting a single object, devoid of any humans in a controlled studio environment was a first for Matthew, who usually shoots in highly-dense, shifting urban environments but the result is equally astounding!

Exposure expands to Edmonton; Matthew Pillsbury profiled

Edmonton Location

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Photographer Matthew Pillsbury was recently interviewed in the Edmonton Journal. The article previewed Exposure Photography Festival, a February-long event that aims to "promote the art of photography" in Alberta. After 10 years in Calgary, Exposure has expanded to the provincial capital this year. It also hosts photo-related programming in Banff and Canmore. The Douglas Udell Gallery is one of five Edmonton galleries included in the festival's roster this year.

“At its essence photography is the capturing of a given period of time in a single image,” says 41-year-old Pillsbury, who was born and raised in Paris. “We all know how a photograph of a very brief instant can show us things in the world that we cannot see. My interest is in using longer exposures to capture something surprising and equally revealing in our everyday world. We know that what we are seeing is true, but we cannot see it except in a photograph. I love using that surprise to highlight the shifting and transient rhythms of our lives.” To read the article, please click here.

Exposure's activity infuses vitality to the Alberta winter cultural scene, nurtures a sense of collectorship, and invites an expanding audience to experience the positive aesthetic and intellectual ways that serious photography can shape their lives.

Exhibitions, lectures, panel discussions and workshops take place all over Alberta for the month of February. Sophie Hackett, the Associate Curator of Photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario challenges the very idea of what constitutes contemporary in Canada in her talk “What is contemporary in Canadian Photography?” on February 25th 7 pm at the Glenbow Theatre in Calgary. A film series highlighting the lives and practices of photographers by the likes of Saul Leiter, Rowland Scherman and George Tice will take place every Thursday at the Glenbow Museum.

For more information about the festival and upcoming photography exhibitions and special events, please visit the official festival website here.

Image details: Matthew Pillsbury, Tokyu Plaza, Tokyo, Archival pigment ink print, 30 x 40 in., 2014.

Pillsbury: Tokyo profiled at CNN, highlighted at Paris Photo

Edmonton Location

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

We are thrilled to announce the debut of Matthew Pillsbury's latest Tokyo series for the first time in Canada. See the latest from Matthew in early 2015 at the Douglas Udell Gallery.

Tokyo has received quite a bit of press since it opened at Bonni Benrubi in New York earlier this fall. Recently the series was profiled in detail by CNN’s Lyric Lewin where it was described as “transient”, “otherworldly” and “evanescent”. Though Tokyo is his first photo series in colour, Matthew retains the static elements of his spatial subjects through his use of long exposures and available light. The transition to colour was seamless for Matthew- the vivid, dizzying neon lights of the city itself proved irresistible. The site of Tokyo was of interest to Matthew for its particular culture seemed to be caught between its strong ties to history and tradition and the drive towards a technological super-future. Pillsbury muses about the temporal nature of Tokyo, "The fact that the static elements, the city, the spaces, remain sharp, but the people are the ones fading -- it certainly is something that makes us question how our time is finite and how are we spending that time.”

Read more here: Tokyo's dance between past and present

The series was also recently met with praise at Paris Photo, the premier international art fair for photography which recently celebrated its 18th edition from November 13-16th of this year. Other notable highlights and features included the new photo acquisitions of the MoMa, Yossi Milo's Matthew Brandt, and the Open Book exhibition of artist photo books published from 1960s to today.
Read more here: Blouin Art Info: Highlights from Paris Photo 2014

Image details: Matthew Pillsbury, Hanami #5, Chidorigafuchi, Thursday April 3rd, 2014 (TV14605),Archival pigment ink print, Dimensions variable, 2014.

Matthew Pillsbury Receives Guggenheim Fellowship

Vancouver Location

Thursday, June 19, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Matthew Pillsbury was selected to receive the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. As one of 11 Guggenheim photography fellows, Matthew will receive a grant to help in realizing a photographic project he is currently working on in Japan.

Founded in 1922, the prestigious Fellowship program's mandate is to add to the educational, literary, artistic, and scientific power of the United States and also to provide for the cause of better international understanding. The Fellowship supports individuals in mid-career “who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.” Past recipients of Guggenheim Fellowships include photographers Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Lewis Baltz, Robert Adams, Brian Ulrich, Richard Mosse, among others.

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