In a world in which we are constantly bombarded with visual information, a new exhibition by photographers Matt Ducklo and Matthew Monteith urges us to take a step back and reflect on the effect this has on our perception of art.
The first of three exhibitions to be presented this year by the philanthropic Hermès Foundation in New York, this two-man show, titled ‘Matt Ducklo & Matthew Monteith: Mind’s Eye’, is a philosophical exercise that enlightens us to the potential art has to offer by prompting us to consider our different senses.
Twenty-one colour photographs will be on display at the Gallery, including Memphis-born Matt Ducklo’s ongoing project ‘Touch Tours’, in which he captures the visually impaired interacting with iconic sculptures like ‘Walk, Don’t walk’ by American artist George Segal. Ducklo's series was shot over six years in prominent museums such as New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art and the Tate in London, where touch tours are offered for blind people to experience art.
Meanwhile, Boston and New York-based Matthew Monteith’s offering focuses on art viewers in Rome as they contemplate various works. Montieth – who lived in Rome for a year – is interested in capturing the moment the viewer starts to make sense of the piece in their mind. ‘My Carvaggio is not yours which makes it all the more beautiful,’ he explains.