new-york

Matthew Brannon

Petzel Gallery | West 18th Street

Spike-heeled, peep-toed, platform-soled, or sling-backed, the gaily colored silhouettes of footwear in Matthew Brannon’s recent letterpress prints summon Andy Warhol’s late-1950s shoe drawings in dash and whimsy, if not function. Warhol’s shoes, used in ads, were among his earliest successes; Brannon’s illustrate failure. The paragraphs that appear below them voice the plaints of various urban subjects who are unlucky in love or unhappy at work, facing middle age in the middle distance, and dithering in stews of regret, jealousy, and alcohol. In Role Playing, 2008, lace boots are paired with the musings of a woman on a miserable date (I’LL NEVER GET OUT OF HERE), while in Dedication, 2008, pumps accompany recriminations addressed to an ex-lover, among them, AND WHEN I TOOK MY LAPTOP INSTEAD OF THE CAT FROM OUR BURNING APARTMENT, IT WASN’T MY WORST MISTAKE.

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