Matthew Brannon show at Casey Kaplan, New York

View of Matthew Brannon's show at the Casey Kaplan gallery featuring a pink, wall-mounted shelving unit with bottles in different colours, grey floors and light coloured walls with individual coat hooks, two coats and a hanger on one side
Structured around a plotline of a sexually frustrated private detective and his ’sexually deviant’ dentist suspect, Matthew Brannon’s graphic noir murder mystery world, told in a series of settings with silkscreen and letterpress prints, paintings and sculptures, is currently on show at New York’s Casey Kaplan gallery Courtesy of the artists and Casey Kaplan; Photograph by Cathy Carver/NY Photo
(Image credit: Cathy Carver, NY Photo)

Structured around the plot-line of a sexually frustrated private detective and his suspect - a 'sexually deviant' dentist - Matthew Brannon (opens in new tab)'s arresting murder mystery first courted visitors at this year's Frieze Art Fair. His graphic body of work, which makes use of text and narrative and incorporates his trademark intermingling of print and sculpture, went on to sell out on day one. Now Brannon's tale is being played out in full in a show entitled 'Gentleman's Relish' at New York's Casey Kaplan (opens in new tab). Told through silkscreen and letterpress prints, paintings and sculptures, together with collaborative artworks by designer Carlo Brandelli (opens in new tab) - it is once again giving visitors the chance to indulge in an old-fashioned spot of mystery-solving.

To navigate the show, you find yourself weaving through a graphic set of props, personas, sets, and scenarios, separated into three rooms within the gallery. The 'Adult's Only', 'Powder Room' and 'Police Station' - venues central to the story - are entered through a sculptural door, hand-painted in back-to-front signage.

Brannon invited designer and artist Carlo Brandelli to design two contrasting coats for the characters in the story. To give visitors a greater sense of the 'private detective' and the 'dentist', Brandelli has devised scents for each character, comprising notes of whisky and tobacco for the detective and mint and chloroform for the dentist - to be sprayed on the coats daily as part of the artwork. Little details like these, combined with Brandon's trail of clues along the way, result in a show that intrigues and puzzles in just the right balance.

View of Matthew Brannon's show at the Casey Kaplan gallery featuring a room with light coloured walls and flooring and a pink door that says 'Powder Room'. There is a partial view of another room through the open door that has three pieces of framed text wall art on display

Separated into three rooms within the gallery, the ’Adult’s Only’, ’Powder Room’ and ’Police Station’ venues central to Brannon’s tale are entered through a sculptural door, hand-painted in back-to-front signage

Courtesy of the artists and Casey Kaplan; Photograph by Cathy Carver/NY Photo

(Image credit: Cathy Carver, NY Photo)

View of the ’Police Station’ room installation at Matthew Brannon's show featuring light coloured walls, grey flooring, wall art, a glass and white table on a low, white platform and a black door that says 'Police Station'

Installation view of the ’Police Station’ room

Courtesy of the artists and Casey Kaplan; Photograph by Cathy Carver/NY Photo

(Image credit: Cathy Carver, NY Photo)

View of ’Early Retirement’ by Matthew Brannon featuring a pink, wall-mounted shelving unit with bottles in different colours on a light coloured wall in a space with grey flooring

’Early Retirement’ by Matthew Brannon, 2011

Courtesy of the artists and Casey Kaplan; Photograph by Cathy Carver/NY Photo

(Image credit: Cathy Carver, NY Photo)

View of ’Horror Formal’ by Matthew Brannon - a print featuring a black, grey and red target and text underneath against a light coloured background

’Horror Formal’ by Matthew Brannon, 2011

Courtesy of the artists and Casey Kaplan; Photograph by Cathy Carver/NY Photo

(Image credit: Cathy Carver, NY Photo)

View of ’Murder Weapons’ by Matthew Brannon and Carlo Brandelli featuring a white coat and a blue coat on black individual, wall-mounted coat hooks on a light coloured wall

Brannon invited designer and artist Carlo Brandelli to design two coats for the characters in the story. To give visitors a greater sense of the ’private detective’ and the ’dentist’, Brandelli has devised a scent for each character, sprayed on the coats daily as part of the artwork. Pictured here is ’Murder Weapons’ by Matthew Brannon and Carlo Brandelli, 2011

Courtesy of the artists and Casey Kaplan; Photograph by Cathy Carver/NY Photo

(Image credit: Cathy Carver, NY Photo)

Close up view of a white coat by Carlo Brandelli featuring a strip that says 'My Fingers In Your Mouth' at Matthew Brannon's show

Pegging the ’sexually deviant’ dentist suspect as the sort to fantasise about his uniform, Brandelli created a typical white dentist coat style garment, featuring a seam made from white medical tape, and a heady scent of mint and chloroform

Courtesy of the artists and Casey Kaplan; Photograph by Cathy Carver/NY Photo

(Image credit: Cathy Carver, NY Photo)

Close up view of a white coat by Carlo Brandelli featuring a hand embroidered handkerchief with a female figure on it that has blonde hair, red lips and her chest exposed at Matthew Brannon's show

Brandelli has also produced some hand-embroidered handkerchiefs for the coats

Courtesy of the artists and Casey Kaplan; Photograph by Cathy Carver/NY Photo

(Image credit: Cathy Carver, NY Photo)

Close up view of a blue and red coat by Carlo Brandelli featuring a strip that says 'The First Thing I Do After You're Dead' at Matthew Brannon's show

Laced with a scent containing notes of whiskey and tobacco, the detective’s dark trenchcoat was created as a stark contrast to the dentist’s, with the seams and detailing in blood red

Courtesy of the artists and Casey Kaplan; Photograph by Cathy Carver/NY Photo

(Image credit: Cathy Carver, NY Photo)

View of ’As it turns out...’ by Matthew Brannon - a print featuring a black, wall-mounted telephone with the handset hanging off the hook and a black and red sign above that says 'Telephone' against a light coloured background

’As it turns out...’ by Matthew Brannon, 2011

Courtesy of the artists and Casey Kaplan; Photograph by Cathy Carver/NY Photo

(Image credit: Cathy Carver, NY Photo)

View of ’Song & Dance’ by Matthew Brannon - a print featuring a green hanger, a pink silhouette of a ballerina, a needle and text against a light coloured background

’Song & Dance’ by Matthew Brannon, 2011

Courtesy of the artists and Casey Kaplan; Photograph by Cathy Carver/NY Photo

(Image credit: Cathy Carver, NY Photo)

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