Volleyball #1

Matt Saunders
Volleyball #1, 2010—2011
Silver gelatin print on fiber-based paper
102 x 148 cm
Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation


Saunder begins with traditional materials oil paint on stretched linen – then uses these paintings as ‘negatives’ to expose photosensitive paper. Light passes through the various materials for a range of effects. Painted forms and the structure of the linen support are conflated while the vagaries of the darkroom play a role in forming the image.

Grouping his subjects, which are drawn from films and photographs, into ‘Agents’ (perhaps actors, initiators or critical observers) and ‘Crowds’, Saunders poses a similar balance between individual portrait and historical scene. His installation for Sharjah is conceived as 'the irradiated trace of a picture gallery, or else a photographic standing for one that has gone missing.'

April 2011

This project was part of Sharjah Biennial 10

Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation

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Patrick McGoohan, Cigarette #3

Matt Saunders

Spray enamel on silver gelatin print on fiber-based paper
148 x 102 cm
Detail view
Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation

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Agents, Crowds

Matt Saunders

Silver gelatin prints on fibre-based paper
Some with spray enamel
148 x 102 cm each
Installation view
Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation
Photo by Alfredo Rubio

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Agents, Crowds

Saunders, Matt

Matt Saunders merges photography, painting and rotoscope animation to create uniquely processed and multilayered works that evoke cinematic iconography and celluloid history.