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Matt Lipps, Untitled (Architecture), 2010, color photograph, 53 x 40". From the series “HORIZON/S,” 2010.

Matt Lipps

Marc Selwyn Fine Art

Matt Lipps, Untitled (Architecture), 2010, color photograph, 53 x 40". From the series “HORIZON/S,” 2010.

Ansel Adams’s 1933 photograph Storeroom, M. H. de Young Museum, San Francisco, depicts an unruly crowd in the institution’s storage vault: smiling kouroi, draped Venuses, and other ancient statuary with legs and arms akimbo. Rather than to justly capture sculptural volume, Adams’s viewpoint from within the melee seems designed to obscure spatial relations and render three-dimensional form startlingly flat. It is this same curious effect that Matt Lipps sought to achieve in his latest series of staged photographs, “HORIZON/S,” 2010–.

Since 2002, Lipps has been developing a unique mode of photomontage in which appropriated imagery is cut out of magazines, propped up, arranged in real space, and rephotographed, essentially returned to a two-dimensional state. With “HORIZON/S,” large diorama-style groupings set against minimal backdrops provide the most succinct and transparent display

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