Matthew Monahan. a selection
opens tomorrow, June 19, 6-8p:
“Begotten, Not Made”
Ana Cristea Gallery, 521 W26th St., NYC
More than a trick of the eye, Samori’s paintings treat their surface as a material skin transcribing the memory of their process. “Like the eye adjusting to darkness, adaptation is necessary upon entering Samori’s visual cosmos. The images stare at us in an effort of denied vision. With the icy gaze of a femme fatale warning us that she is beyond our reach, they block our penetration. The images feel us, smell us, judge us. They are watching, but they don’t see. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. And we see through a glass, darkly. Sometimes peering in, other times peeling back in search of the surface beneath the surface beneath the surface.”
This shoot is an ode to the reclusive American writer and illustrator Henry Darger and his fanciful stories and artworks about the Vivian Girls, an army of children who never escaped the walls of his apartment during his lifetime.
Thanks to Alex Moon-Age for styling, Emily Frances Barrett for prop design, Yasmine for modeling, and Wolfie for letting us shoot in his beautiful home. All of Yasmine’s clothes are by Studio Dagda.
Laforet campaign ‘Be Noisy,’ art direction by Rikako Nagashima