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  • Matthew Swarts + WHATISAPORTRAIT? @ RIPE gallery

    Delighted to announce my first place selection by Ruben Natal San Miguel in RIPE art gallery’s WHATISAPORTRAIT? exhibition opening this Saturday, December 13, 2014.  Special thanks to the tireless and fearless team of Ruben and RIPE’s owner, Cherie Via Rexer!

    From the gallery:

    “Ripe Art Gallery’s First Juried Photography Exhibition was an Open Call for entries of contemporary photography based works. This competition is juried/curated by Ruben Natal-San Miguel, photographer, writer, photography specialist/critic and curator. The curator was looking to see exceptional photography with a unique perspective and cohesive look based on a new look at portraiture. He challenged entrants to redefine what a portrait is. Our juror, who has his finger on the pulse of contemporary photography, pored over hundreds of entries to select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Winners, 2 Honorable Mentions, and a group of winners for individual catagories.

    Winners will be exhibited with Amy Elkins, Oliver Wasow, Nan Goldin, Aline Smithson, Ryan McGinley, Jack Pierson and 4 more great photographers!

    Opening Reception on Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7-10pm! This Promises to be THE Show of the Year!!! Fabulous people, Valet Parking, Live dj Music from DJ Lombardo, and GREAT Photography!!!!!
    Food Truck by Blondie’s Bakery for your snacks!”

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    1028 Park Avenue
    Huntington, NY 11743
    Tel: 631.239.1805

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    Sunday-Monday: Closed
    Tuesday-Thursday: 11am-6pm
    Friday: 2pm-8pm
    Saturday 11am-5pm

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    Untitled, 2014. From the series: THE ALTERNATIVES

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    Untitled, 2014. from the series: THE ALTERNATIVES

    MATTHEW SWARTS + HUMBLE ARTS FOUNDATION (Profile)

    My most sincere thanks to Jon Feinstein of the Humble Arts Foundation (hafny.org) for very generously profiling my new work on their blog today:

    http://www.hafny.org/blog/2014/11/matthew-swarts

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    Matthew Swarts + Kopeikin Gallery @ MIAMI PROJECT 2014

    I am delighted to announce that my work will be shown by Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles, California at MIAMI PROJECT (December 2-7, 2014) in the Wynwood District of midtown Miami.  Matthew Swarts matthewswartskopeikinmiamiproject2014announcement Matthew Swarts + Kopeikin Gallery @ MIAMI PROJECT 2014

    Matthew Swarts + THE ALTERNATIVES (2014)

    New work on the website: THE ALTERNATIVES (http://matthewswarts.com/projects/alternatives/)

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    Matthew Swarts + BREAKING GROUND EXHIBITION @ College of William and Mary

    I am thrilled and full of gratitude to have been invited by Eliot Dudik, Visiting Assistant Professor at the College of William and Mary, to participate in BREAKING GROUND, a blockbuster exhibition of photography featuring 110 national and international photographic artists!

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    from the text accompanying the exhibition:

    On this 175th anniversary of the invention of photography, excitement and anticipation are stirring in the Department of Art & Art History at the College of William & Mary as we prepare to break ground on a new photography program, the first in the College’s long history.  This dynamic new offering will engage students in dialog and practice as they study historic through contemporary developments in photography pushing the boundaries of photographic art making in the 21st century.

    Inaugurating this celebration, the College has generously furnished the exhibition Breaking Ground: Contemporary Photography at the College of William & Mary, a collection of photographic artworks by 110 national and international artists, and accompanying catalog. The exhibition relays a sense of the vast breadth of contemporary photographic art with prints, handmade books, video art, assemblage, sculptural works, and installation.  The possibilities afforded through the amalgamation of traditional and new technology, techniques, and materials are boundless.

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    The show’s variety is meant to reflect a basic principle of the new photography program – it is a celebration of photography as a liberal art, as an extension of the humanistic and critical discipline of art-making that has always been the foundation of our university.  Photography at the College of William and Mary is not solely a technology; it is a vehicle of visual expression with a history of nearly two centuries.  Our approach to it will therefore embrace its newest potentials and also grow out of its history, its historical techniques and processes, and its historical achievements, to integrate contemporary and future practices of photographic art at a deep level into William and Mary’s liberal arts tradition.  This is what it means to call photography a new way, our newest way, of engaging humanistic thought.

    Please join us in celebrating the College of William & Mary’s newest contribution.

    Exhibition Details:

    October 15-31, 2014
    Opening Reception: October 17, 4-7 pm
    Alumni Reception: October 18, 10am-12pm
    Andrews Hall

    Artist List

    Aaron Blum

    Acacia Johnson

    Adam Neese

    Alex Leme 

    Aline Smithson

    Alyssa C. Salomon

    Amy Elkins

    Amy Friend

    Andrea Bonisoli Alquati

    Angela Bacon-Kidwell

    Anne Berry

    Anthony Antonellis

    Arnaud Teicher

    Ashley Kauschinger

    Ben Huff

    Bill Schwab

    Blue Mitchell

    Brandon Thibodeaux

    Brian Ulrich

    Brittany Nelson

    Bryan Schutmaat

    Bryon Darby

    Carla Richmond Coffing

    Christa Blackwood

    Cig Harvey

    Clay Lipsky

    Daniel Coburn

    Dave Jordano

    David Carol

    David Emitt Adams

    Matthew Swarts + Monteverde (2014)

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    Matthew Swarts, La Reserva Curi Cancha, Monteverde, Costa Rica, 2014.

    I had the deep pleasure of returning to Costa Rica after a twelve year absence, if only for a week this month. Much had changed in the years since I lived in Moravia on a Fulbright grant. I am delighted to have had an exquisite walk in the Curi Cancha Private Reserve in Monteverde’s cloud forest. Here are a few images to begin what I hope will be a much more comprehensive project.

    Matthew Swarts + BETH + Featureshoot.com!

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    Very grateful for the kind and thoughtful words of artist and writer Pelle Cass about BETH for featureshoot.com:

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    Matthew Swarts, Beth, 2014.

    http://www.featureshoot.com/2014/07/portrait-of-partnership-a-photographers-homage-to-a-failed-relationship-nsfw/

    “A woman stands against a gray sky, the low light of the sinking sun glints off her glasses. Her hair is in a bun. She is attractive, but not conventionally beautiful. It’s the same person in all the photographs, somehow, but she looks different in each one: soft-faced and girlish in one, sharp-nosed and intelligent in the next. Her face is often turned away or obscured, lost in thought. The colors are muted, but scrubbed clean. The settings are elemental, simple, and still — almost streamlined. This slightly eerie, indeterminate place could be the future. This is Beth.

    Beth: It’s the name of a series of photographs that Matthew Swarts — a widely published Somerville, Massachusetts-based photographer trained at Princeton and Mass Art — calls a “portrait of partnership.” Though the name is ordinary, it has a ring to it. And so do these images in their melancholy manner. The photographs have some of the muted intensity of German painter Gerhard Richter’s portraits of his family and the sustained attention that American photographer Harry Callahan focused on Eleanor, his wife of over fifty years.

    Swarts explains he and Beth became a couple around the time she became estranged from her parents because of her recent divorce even as Swarts’s own parents were divorcing. He says it added an “unusual weight” to their partnership — that they “became a sort of primary family to each other” and he wanted to express this, somehow, in photographs. It just so happens that Beth is also the word in Hebrew for “house” as in a kind of shelter, but also means family, as in “the house of so and so.”

    The photos are not simply somber. They are sexy enough to stop you in your tracks, as you admire Beth’s long muscles and broad swimmer’s shoulders in the photograph where she stands alone and naked on the beach. These mysterious images of love exude a post-coital sadness that speaks intimacy more than desire. When the couple parted ways recently, Swarts, an ever-restless artist, started reworking some of the photographs, layering images of graph paper over the original “straight” photographs to obscure Beth’s face and acknowledge change. The woman we’ve become accustomed to looking at fades from flesh and blood into a kind of diagram, a map, or schema, perhaps, of how Beth is stored in Matthew’s brain. As Beth’s face flattens and whites out, we feel, and sharply, how impossible it is to reconstitute the full experience of love. The word for that is loss.” — Pelle Cass

     

    Matthew Swarts + Beth (2014)

    I have been reworking images from the BETH series. All new images are scalable without a loss in resolution to 40 inches in width. Have a look: http://matthewswarts.com/projects/beth/

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    Matthew Swarts + Mother’s Day 2014

    A special thanks this Mother’s Day to my Mom, Hope Swarts, who has always been the brightest and most clear light in my life.

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    My mother by the ocean, Mother’s Day weekend, Long Beach Island, New Jersey, 2014.

     

    And to my Grandmother, Dorothy Schweitzer, whose resilience in life will forever be inspiring:

     

    My Grandmother at 94, talking about life, the afterlife, and more.

    Without these two women, I would truly be lost.

    Matthew Swarts + cityofconcern.org + Empty Stretch

    Delighted and honored to have new work from http://cityofconcern.org featured on Empty Stretch! Special thanks to Jordan Swartz!

    http://emptystretch.com/2014/04/feature-matthew-swarts/

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    Delighted to announce I’m falling fast for a new photographic project about Somerville, Massachusetts, where I’ve lived since 2002.

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    Please have a look at http://cityofconcern.org

    Matthew Swarts + ONWARD (Project Basho) Compe ’14

    Delighted to belatedly learn that I am a finalist for the ONWARD Compe ’14 Exhibition at Project Basho in Philadelphia, PA! Exhibition opening at Project Basho on March 1, 2014!

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    MATTHEW SWARTS is FLASHLIGHT PROJECTS

    Thrilled to be launching FLASHLIGHT PROJECTS, a new photography-for-hire venture based in Somerville, Massachusetts.  Please take a moment to survey the new site, and contact or refer me if you need high quality photography for your wedding, family, child, or event!

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    Matthew Swarts + Petty Thieves Four + Empty Stretch

    Very thrilled to be included in Petty Thieves Four: Coast to Coast by the folks at Empty Stretch.

    http://emptystretch.com/2014/01/petty-thieves-four-zine-announcement/

    Look for more information soon about the release of this exciting new zine.

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    Matthew Swarts + Basic Black and White Photography

    I just migrated my teaching materials for BASIC BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY to the main site. Please check them out here: http://matthewswarts.com/teaching/basic-black-white-photography/about/

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    Matthew Swarts + Tanit Sakakini + Stuart Pilkington’s ‘The Swap’ (UK)

    I am honored and thrilled to share Stuart Pilkington’s ‘The Swap’ today with my good friend Tanit Sakakini! Special thanks to Tanit and Stuart for making this creative exchange possible!

    Check out our portraits of each other: http://www.theswap.info/msts.html

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    Matthew Swarts + Empty Stretch + Furthermore (PETTY THIEVES THREE PROJECTION PARTY!)

    Delighted to have work in PETTY THIEVES THREE (A one night projection party) sponsored by EMPTY STRETCH + FURTHERMORE: November 8, 2013, 8-11pm @ Petworth Citizen & Reading Room, 829 Upshur St. NW, Washington DC!

    Many thanks to Jordan Swartz and Empty Stretch for selecting my work!

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    Matthew Swarts + SHOW.ME.PICTURES (UK)

    Very honored to have Beth, Long Beach Island, New Jersey, 2012 highlighted on Michael Sargeant’s excellent UK based fine-art photography website: SHOW.ME.PICTURES!

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    Matthew Swarts + CCRI Faculty Exhibition 2013

    I am honored to have work in the CCRI Faculty Exhibition on the Knight Campus in Warwick, Rhode Island.

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    Matthew Swarts, Untitled, 2006.

    The show is up until October 31st, 2013. Please stop by if you are in the area!

    Special thanks to Ricardo Rivera, for organizing and hanging the show!

     

    Matthew Swarts and Beth | Conscientious Photography Magazine + APhotoEditor

    Really delighted to discover the discussion about Joerg Colberg’s musings on portraiture (and BETH) continues on APhotoEditor.

    http://www.aphotoeditor.com/2013/09/30/what-makes-a-great-portrait-is-your-willingness-to-take-what-you-want/

    Special thanks to Rob Haggart for bouncing this out!

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    Matthew Swarts + BETH + Fototazo

    The conversation about BETH continues today on Fototazo! Special thanks to Tom Griggs for his interest and generosity and compelling questions about the work. Please take a look!

    http://www.fototazo.com/2013/10/portfolio-matthew-swarts-beth.html

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    Matthew Swarts + Stuart Pilkington + ‘The Swap’

    So delighted to have recently been invited by Stuart Pilkington (UK) to participate in his latest exciting curatorial project, ‘The Swap’!

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    Matthew Swarts + Jörg Colberg + Conscientious Photography Magazine

    BETH and I are incredibly honored and thrilled to be featured on Jörg Colberg’s celebrated Conscientious Photography Magazine today:

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    “Here is Beth, photographed by her partner, Matthew Swarts. Of Beth we, meaning everybody except those who know this young woman in person, have a set of photographs and nothing else. What are we going to make of Beth now? What do these photographs tell us about her? What do they tell us about the photographer? What do they tell us about their relationship?

    I don’t think there is a simple answer for any of these questions. This is exactly why the photographs are so compelling. In other words, Swarts’ selfishness has paid off. As a matter of fact, the picture at the very top obviously does not look like a straight photograph, and it isn’t. It’s a scan of a photograph emerging from a broken printer. Machines, of course, cannot be selfish (machines are always only stupid). But people using photographs coming out of broken machines can be.

    And Beth, the project, shows how this all comes together, albeit in ways that have the process remain a mystery. That’s the other frustrating thing about portraiture: You will never learn it from other people, only from doing it yourself – however much was, is and will be written about it. These pictures show the same woman in a variety of ways that almost make it seem we’re looking at more than one person. Almost.

    It is that “almost” that is crucial here, because in that “almost” lies the fact that while photography cannot literally depict someone’s inner state, it can still make a stab at it. Or rather: A photographer can make a stab at showing us her or (in this case) his idea of that other person’s inner state, which he has no direct access to, either (this is what makes life exciting – life on Vulcan must be perfectly boring).

    In the end, what we are looking at then is not clear. All that added uncertainty is what defines photography. This is why machines will never be able to produce real art (the relentless hype by today’s tech fetishists notwithstanding): Machines don’t do uncertainty.”

    http://cphmag.com/mswarts-and-beth/

    Our sincerest and most kind thanks to Jörg Colberg for this generous feature!

    Matthew Swarts + WIRED Raw File Blog

    A happy tweet about my Tumblr (CITY OF CONCERN) from the editors at WIRED MAGAZINE’s celebrated RAW FILE Blog:

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    Matthew Swarts + LAM (The Grandma Issue)

    Delighted to have photographs of my mother and grandmother featured in LAM (Light Architect Magazine): The Grandma Issue:

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    Matthew Swarts + Le Journal de la Photographie

    Honored to be included in a survey of work featured on Greg Jones’ In the In-Between as featured on Le Journal de la Photographie:

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    http://lejournaldelaphotographie.com/entries/11131/in-the-in-between-the-journal-of-digital-artists

    Matthew Swarts + SFMOMA

    Delighted to be featured on SFMOMA’s curated tumblr:

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    http://sfmoma.tumblr.com/post/42614461028/submission-matthew-swarts-beth-long-beach

    Matthew Swarts + Joyce Elaine Grant Exhibition/Texas Woman’s University

    Honored to have been selected by Sarah Kennel, Associate Curator in the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), to be a part of this exciting exhibition at Texas Woman’s University.  Love this image of guests in front of Beth, Long Beach Island, New Jersey, 2012!

    http://www.twu.edu/visual-arts/joyce-elaine-grant.asp

    http://www.lightleaked.com/2013/02/curator-sarah-kennel.html?spref=fb

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