Gertrude is pleased to present a series of of newly commissioned video works by Matthew Griffin. Well known for his recent reflections on the devolving quality of political leadership and responses to the health and economic crisis, Griffin offers further spin on the spin of governmental briefings. In the evolving series Ballads, attention shifts from the tragic-comedic theatre of political leadership toward the realities of living in and through the pandemic and the imposition, lifting and, in Melbourne’s case, reinstatement of restrictive lockdowns. Over the next phase of this present lockdown, Gertrude will slowly release the series of musings and meanderings on solitude, existentialism, mindfulness and madness.
Matthew Griffin lives and works in Sydney. He was born in 1976 in Bendigo, Australia, and completed BFA at Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, in 1998. His work has been included in exhibitions at Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne (2017, 2014, 2013, 2004); Artspace, Sydney (2013); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2018-19, 2013, 2009); Hayward Gallery, London (2008); and Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2006).
Matthew Griffin was a Gertrude Studio Artist from 2007 - 2008.
All works courtesy of the artist.
Matthew Griffin Bittersweat, 2020 HD Video 3 Minutes and 30 Seconds
Matthew Griffin verse-chorus, 2020 HD video 5 minutes 12 seconds
Matthew Griffin Chances, 2020 HD Video 6 minutes 15 seconds
Matthew Griffin Sous Chef, 2020 HD video 11 minutes 19 seconds