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Matt Ducklo & Matthew Monteith at The Gallery at Hermès

Mind’s Eye

Mind’s Eye is an exchange of glances, views, visions… astutely orchestrated by Cory Jacobs, curator of The Gallery at Hermès. American photographers Matt Ducklo and Matthew Monteith – showing together for the first time – explore our responses to works of art.

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Matt Ducklo & Matthew Monteith at The Gallery at Hermès
© Matthew Monteith

Matt Ducklo and Matthew Monteith take their own, very different approaches to the nature of visual perception, questioning the depth and intensity of our response to works of art. How do we derive meaning from our visually saturated environment? Viewers are invited to consider the act of looking, in the act of looking at the photographs on display – a self-reflexive show that engages our senses as a whole, alerting us to the limits and the potential of the work of art.

Matt Ducklo’s Touch Tour series began six years ago, working in UK and US museums that offer tactile galleries for visually impaired visitors, allowing them to experience works of art through touch: the resulting pictures are a sensitive evocation of this most intimate act of apprehension.

Matthew Monteith lived in Rome – the original City of Art, rich in bewildering visual stimuli – in 2008 and 2009. His unusual perspective on familiar masterpieces presents them in an astonishing new light. Taking a fresh look at the Eternal City, Monteith’s images often showcase the interaction of art and viewer, joining our gaze to theirs in a striking visual vortex, and a powerful reminder of the deep subjectivity of our approach to art.
Mind’s Eye is a collection of 21 colour photographs, most of which are on public display for the first time.

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