FotoFilmic is pleased to introduce the work of three promising rising photographers whose film-based artistic practices each attracted high interest and praise from juror and contemporary photography lead figure Mark Steinmetz.
SOLO III Winner Matthew Genitempo, a recent University of Hartford MFA graduate, presents his recently completed series ‘Jasper’ taking place in a homonymus small town in Northern Arkansas’s Ozark mountains. Matthew’s SOLO III Exhibition will open July 21, 2018 at PULP in Vancouver/Bowen Island, BC and run through August 19. Mark’s Weekend Master Workshop will run concomitantly to the opening on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, 2018. You can also read our FILM TALKS interview of Matthew delving into his practice and the ‘Jasper’ work more in details.
The FotoFilmic SOLO III Runners-Up selected by Mark Steinmetz are Michelle Peters, currently in school at RISD, and Ruya Qian from Shanghai, China. The curated selection of works published here will also be reproduced in print in the upcoming SOLO catalogue publication compiling all SOLO exhibitors of this first exciting program edition.
WINNER & EXHIBITOR: MATTHEW GENITEMPO
The following are a few commentary words from juror Mark Steinmetz on the work of SOLO III Winner Matthew Genitempo:
“It’s early in the morning in the Ozarks and the fog snakes its way between the hills in these highly descriptive yet mysterious photographs by Matthew Genitempo. This photographer looks at men who lead isolated lives in their cabins and caves. Possibly the men are hunters or observers of nature; one maintains a collection of obsolete videotapes but mostly little is told to us about these men or their activities. In one nocturnal scene, some hunched white creature scuttles across a vague white terrain – is it a phantasm or taxidermy specimen? A cat on high guards over an axe that’s jimmied in place to keep a trailer door from opening. The men light their fires and the smoke rises up to join the fog.”