Matthew Hollis

Common Space


Matthew will be continuing his series of photographing dancers in non- traditional spaces. The fluid, clean, and fresh lines of a dancer’s move against an ordinary, yet unexpected backdrop is beautiful to him. To think about seeing a dancer dance in the grocery store, library, or an office cubicle is exciting to Matthew. He thinks these photographs should feel real and you the viewer should expect to find a dancer around every corner. Matthew’s plan for his residency is to use the High Concept Laboratories three story building to explore space and it’s ability to influence or not influence how we feel about dance photography. Traditionally dance photography has been limited to the studio but in recent years photographers have explored cityscapes and landscapes but not the day-to-day space, environments we see all around us but ignore.

Flexibility and spontaneity are so important to Matthew photographically. So, when he started photographing dancers this past year, he felt right at home. “The process of photographing dancers is a dynamic and fluid one”, he says. “When they move, you must move, a flexibility in style and technique is a must. The best results come when both the photographer and dancer fully embrace spontaneity”. He’s come to think of it as the non-plan, and it works. He want to take dancers out of the studio and change the way dance photography has been done and seen.


About the Artist:

Matthew Gregory Hollis was born in Oxford, Ohio in 1972. He earned a B.F.A. in photography from Miami University in 2000 and an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002. His work has been exhibited in group shows including Interrogating Diversity at the Betty Rhymer Gallery in Chicago, 2002; The Laughing Video at the Knitting Factory in New York, 2003; Spectacle: Sound and Vision at Sonotheque in Chicago, 2005; NeoVernacular at the Steve Turner Gallery in Los Angeles, 2005 and C.O.M.A #16; Roam at the California Occidental Museum of Art in Chicago, 2008; Clothes Line at The Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, 2008; Group show at Harold Washington College in Chicago, 2009; Group show at The Chicago Photography Center, 2009; Grown at The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, 2010 and Pointe of Departure The Joffrey Ballets Benefit Art Exhibition at the Spertus Institute in Chicago, 2012. Hollis lives and teaches in Chicago.

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