Matt Giel’s performance photography on artblog radio


May 7, 2012   ·   2 Comments

Matt Giel's self-portrait as a drape over a chair

Matt Giel's self-portrait as a drape over a chair

Artist Matt Giel makes his photos the old-fashioned way, with film and chemicals. But they are hybrids, part sculpture, part performance–as in the time he wrestled his gigantic developer out of his cellar studio to truck it to a one-day performance of slowly printing an extremely long photographic scroll. Giel names Marlo Pascual and James Welling among his influences.

The developer that he moved from his cellar studio to a gallery for a one-day performance of printing a nearly endless photograph

Giel will be in a show organized by Tim Belknap and Ryan McCartney opening June 2 at the Icebox, the only art space in Philadelphia big enough to hold it. The 2012 Truck Show of work by 14 artists applies the car expo theme to pick-up trucks transformed into artwork!

Here’s the full podcast interview:

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Right click to download 11 min. interview with Matt Giel

The YouTube slide version of this podcast will be coming later this week.

This episode is edited by Peter Crimmins. The music is by Eric Biondo. The slide show is edited by artblog Intern Alison McMenamin. Thanks to the Knight Foundation for helping us get the ball rolling on this project. Thanks also to J-Lab‘s Enterprise Reporting Fund and William Penn Foundation for additional support and to our partner WHYY NewsWorks for their ongoing support and for sharing artblog radio episodes on the arts & culture page of their community news site NewsWorks.org. You can subscribe to artblog radio on iTunes.

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2 Responses to “Matt Giel’s performance photography on artblog radio”

  1. Michael Carl says:

    Hi Ladies, I haven’t commented lately but I’ve been watching from Montana.

    Love Matts work. Really wanted more this time. Fascinated by his technique, would have loved to hear more about how he executes each piece. Never thought of the possibilities of performance and sculpture in photography. Certainly a lot to think about.

    Why no link to his website in the article?

    Did find his website – very minimalist. He leaves me wanting more. I am not sure if that is good or bad.


  2. roberta says:

    Here’s the link: http://mattgiel.com/

    We’ve covered him on artblog a bit and if you search his name other posts should come up. Glad you like the work — we are very excited about this artist.

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