As a kid, I was pretty easy to please during story time. Bright illustrations coupled with clever rhymes would do the trick but a new pop-up book would trump them all. Something about the forced tangibility of a three dimensional object makes you wish everything was in 3-D... okay but like that kind of 3-D. Artist Matt Lipps understands the power of the pop up. His latest exhibition Library, now showing at Marc Selwyn Fine Art until December 22nd, was inspired by an iconic collection of books from his youth:
The series takes its starting point from a 17-volume book set, Library of Photography, published in 1970-1972 by Time-Life Books. Matt Lipps has selected, cut out and assembled almost 500 figures, unfolding a visual roadmap of 40 years of American picture taking. Using collage strategies, sculptural tropes, theater staging and complex still-life, Library pays tribute to and requiem for the analog medium while posing new questions about the future of digital media and imaging.
For over 10 years, Lipps has critically examined photographs from both high and low sources to reveal how these images have reflected and shaped our culture. His process involves a systematic yet flexible set of strategies that reinvent context and meaning.