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In his multifaceted body of work that investigates prevailing modes of representation in contemporary art, Brandon Lattu questions the dynamics between the work and the audience. Studying the tactile and ethereal principles of artworks, L.A. based artist shatters the sharp distinctions between various artistic disciplines. In his works, sculpture, photography or video, for example, cater for one another rather than remaining detached, eventually constituting alternative forms of existence en masse.
Banqueting House, one of Lattu’s most noted and definite works, is a hybrid of photography and three dimensional work, covering a model of the famous London building—a mock up the artist built based on his photographs of the subject matter— with shots of its interior, thus turning the physical essence of its the building inside out. While humor lingers around each work, either overtly or implicitly, Lattu challenges the existence of everyday objects in day-to-day cycle as well as questioning our incentives to attribute these commodities further purposes. In his new exhibition at Koenig & Clinton, the artist ridicules the tedium governing mundane rituals.
"For too long, photography has relied on a failed mimicry of human vision. The chosen direction and bounded rectangle can, like other aspects of representation, be used as political tools that fulfill the desires of some while controlling others and surveying all.” writes Lattu in his essay in Aperture’s Charlotte Cotton-edited book Photography Is Magic reflecting his approach to photography.
November 10 — December 22, 2016