Matthew Brannon’s paintings are puzzles of language and cultural signifiers. Drawing on a lineage of appropriation and stylized surfaces, Brannon’s graphic images embrace a contraction between his visually enticing graphic images and the same images’ complex historical ideologies. His 2017-2018 silkscreen series, Concerning Vietnam, is the result of a multi-year research project. By treating a series of mundane desktop objects wherein the headlines of Time or LIFE indicate the disconnect between the media’s coverage of the war to the actual events as explained in the letters penned by political players Robert McNamara, Lyndon Johnson, or Ho Chi Minh on the same surface, Brannon traces how each object contains its own trail of ownership, furthering his exploration of the intersection between personal narrative and historical significance.
Brannon has presented solo exhibitions at venues including Casey Kaplan, New York (2018); David Kordansy Gallery, Los Angeles (2017), Hiromi Yoshii, Tokyo, Japan (2016), Marino Marini Museum, Florence, Italy (2013); and Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany (2011). His novel, An Irresponsible Biography of the Actor Laurence Harvey (2014), was published by Onestar Press, Paris. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.