This Is How It Ends
Eighty-four small photographic prints by artist Matthew Porter are artfully hung salon-style in “This Is How It Ends,” Porter’s first exhibition at Danzinger Projects, the longstanding photo space.
Porter, shooting in both New York City and Los Angeles, with subjects ranging from portraits to landscapes, often shot at dusk or through barbed wire fence, a recurring motif that occurs both subtly and blatantly in his work—some in black and white and others in color—as do stoplights, palm trees, and female figures. Muscle cars flying over empty streetscapes may be Porter’s best known subject, however now an eerily apt symbol of the streets during lockdown. As singular images they are dystopian reminders that just as the sun sets, it rises again each day.
Matthew Porter, Left: Stoplight 2, 2020; Right: Bend, 2020. Archival pigment prints, 11.4 x 9.6 inches, each.