Matthew Morrocco - The Portrait Series

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Opening Reception

Saturday March 1, 7 - 10 pm

These photographs and self-portraits employ the elongated and elegant poses of history painting in order to link sexuality, aging, and the history of portrait art.  In the same way that sexuality does not simply begin at adolescence and end around age 45, neither did homosexuality only become relevant in the 20th century.  Yet, with Supreme Court Justices comparing the institution of gay marriage to cell-phones in terms of its historical relevancy, it is not surprising that homosexuality seems like a 20th-century imposition.  In referencing history painting I suggest that homosexuality is pre-historical and congenital, having existed alongside all forms of sexuality, though underrepresented in public historical imagery.  The men I photograph are not models.  I meet them in the grocery store, on the subway, out on the street.  I photograph mostly in their homes.  This setting lends itself to an important intimacy and personal experience that I capture in my photographs.  I meet, spend time with, photograph, and enjoy the company of strangers all in the hopes of elucidating the unique characteristics of homosexual intimacy. 

 

Bio:

Matthew Morrocco (American, b. 1989) is a fine art photographer whose work examines the tension between sexuality and intimacy. His work engages heavily with themes of history, aging, sexuality and isolation.  After graduating from New York University's Gallatin School he was awarded a year-long fellowship with a blade of grass.  He has been a participant in the Picture Berlin Residency Program and has shown internationally in New York and Berlin. 

 

He is currently pursuing an MFA at Columbia University.