The setting for Matt Gordon’s first one-person exhibition in San Francisco could be seen as an appropriate venue in which to present his concerns with the individual ‘taking cover’ from working life. Located in the Tenderloin, Café Royale is a kind of upscale dive bar whose atmosphere as well as its monthly art exhibitions, inspire not only drinking, but some thoughts on larger concepts as well. Gordon’s interest in workers and containment has a slight comical edge, similar to Norm and Cliff’s wry observations of working life at Cheers. The photo-based collages, which sometimes incorporate drawing, focus on a disassociation and disconnection with the workplace. Isn’t this why people go to bars after work, to release themselves from the physical and psychological confines of their workday? As mentioned in the gallery materials, his work “evokes futility in an institutionalized setting” and being able to have a drink while you contemplate this is very helpful. Come by anytime after 4pm for their self-named ‘Pretty Glad’ hour and hang out in the booths or play a game of pool, as you ponder the exhibition.
~ laurie halsey brown
(*Image courtesy of laurie halsey brown)