Community Gallery

 

The Community Gallery is located in the lobby of the Attleboro Arts Museum’s Emory Street entrance.  For over a decade the Museum has been pleased to offer this prominent gallery space as an exhibition opportunity for both promising and professional artist members. By showcasing one or more member artist(s) per month, the Community Gallery maximizes the exposure of unique art and contact with Museum viewers. Artworks on display are new works that are currently being produced within the exhibiting artist’s portfolios.

To learn more about exhibition opportunities in the Attleboro Arts Museum’s Community Gallery contact office@attleboroartsmuseum.org or 508-222-2644 x15.

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Community Gallery 

“Street Seen”

A Photography Series by Matt Kattman

Exhibition: October 2nd – 31st, 2019 

Museum Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat from 10am-5pm

 

Artist Statement:

I am a street photographer. Primarily, I document and explore the relationship between human beings and their urban surroundings. Although, my frames may be entirely devoid of people, depicting only the built environment and its details, I strive to create compelling visuals from a vast array of available city subjects. In my photographs made from and in the street, my emotional, intellectual, and artistic responses are equally and undeniably present.

Brick, concrete, granite, steel, glass, and wood are the materials that furnish structure and texture in my images. People are captured candidly – sometimes anonymously, other times forthrightly. The emotive language of color is fundamental in my approach; tones across the spectrum from bold to subtle add expressiveness to both ephemeral human forms, and the eternally inanimate. At times, I also work in monochrome, which begets a more temperate timelessness. Anomalies and geometry created by the interplay of space and light contribute towards manifesting the unexpected. The unpredictable nature of street photography as it relates to the human experience, both the external and the personal, keeps me engaged and engrossed in my craft.

While these photographs would be incomplete without any one of the combined individual elements, the presence and impact of intentionally deep, dark shadows is undeniably significant. I prefer to shoot in intense natural light while exposing for the highlights, rendering shadows nearly to black. I am undeterred by the loss of detail in dark areas of the frame. In fact, it is welcomed as a significant contributor to the overall desired aesthetic. These shadows transform into essential compositional design tools, equal to or sometimes even more significant than the areas revealed in light. They may also be seen as metaphors reflecting the human condition, the contrast of light and darkness posing questions regarding the nature of existence versus the void.

My intent with this body of work is to capture the everyday, ordinary in a manner that somehow transcends its original three-dimensional reality while observed as a two-dimensional representation. This pursuit is a formidable yet welcomed challenge, and I consider the results most successful when they possess a sense of abstruseness and intrigue, yet at the same time are graphically direct. However, I am also interested to know how the viewer may perceive them while being filtered through his or her own experience and observations. Ideally, these photographs stimulate contemplation and dialogue, becoming meaningful not just to myself, but to others as well.

– Matt Kattman

 

Biography:

Matt Kattman is a New England based street and urban photographer, who explores themes of candid documentary, storytelling, abstraction, and minimalism. He is informed and inspired by pioneers such as Harry Callahan, Ernst Haas, and Saul Leiter, amongst many others. Matt has extensively studied at both Massachusetts College of Art & Design and Rhode Island School of Design, graduating from RISD’s Photography Certificate Program in 2018. Although he primarily creates his photographs utilizing digital tools, he also supplements his craft by working with analog film when time and funds allow. As an emerging visual artist, Matt is presently focused on expanding his professional experience through exhibitions, artist residencies, and publication.

 

For more artwork and information visit www.mkattman.com

 

 

 

Images:

  • Stop, photography on aluminum 
  • The Notebook, photography on aluminum 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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