Matthew Pillsbury

Wyoming Diplodocus. Natural History Museum, London 2007
© Matthew Pillsbury

Matthew Pillsbury

Ink jet print on handwoven archival paper


"According to a recent report, the average American spends four hours daily watching television. In a culture where we seldom read the same books or see the same exhibitions or movies, television programs are often the rare common experience we share. When you consider the additional time we spend facing computer screens at work or for leisure, the number of hours spent in the glow of luminescent screens is staggering."

Matthew Pillsbury’s ‘Screen-Lives’ addresses the conundrum that technology has brought to our lives. We each have the possibility of instant global communication and yet we are increasingly physically isolated from each other.

Pillsbury’s interiors are images of people watching television or using computers. His use of long exposures turns the subjects into ghostlike echoes of their own actions and we are deprived of their likeness. Dramatic white light emitted from the screens reveal the rest of the interiors in exquisite detail. We are offered a more substantial impression of the subjects from their possessions rather than their blurred moving figures. Some of the interiors are windowless intimate rooms and others have views of vast city backdrops but all show a disquieting isolation.

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