I visited Matt Lipps’ studio back in 2010 with a group of students from the Hammer Museum’s student association (HSA). He has developed a very sharp photographic process. For this series HORIZON/S, Lipps very delicately cuts out figures from vintage publications and props them up to create miniature sculptures, which he then arranges int0 groups. Using direct, vibrant lighting, he shoots this groupings and produces images of pseudo-still lives. I am drawn to them because of his romantic selection of subjects: ancient sculptures, black and white portraits, ethnographic likenesses, and others. His montages are decidedly without narrative, thus forcing the viewer to relate and interprete these pieces in a fresh context.
I worked briefly at Chelouche Gallery in Tel Aviv, Israel. This was the exhibit on view at the time. These prolific pieces show a technical skill that is extraordinarily meticulous and idiosyncratic.
There is a masculinity to the constructed forms that is complimented by the organic, earth-toned felt that is inviting to the touch. They clash both physically and metaphorically: metal vs. material, male vs. female.