Lutz Bacher / MATRIX 242
MATRIX 242 presents Bien Hoa (2006–07), an important but rarely seen series that sheds light on the elusive practice of Berkeley-based artist Lutz Bacher. The series juxtaposes enlargements of photographs taken by a soldier in Vietnam, unearthed by the artist at a local salvage store, with the versos of the originals, which reveal the soldier/photographer’s handwritten annotations. By placing these found texts and images in a museum context, Bacher prompts us to wonder about the circumstances of their making and the fate of their author.
D-L Alvarez / MATRIX 243
D-L Alvarez’s first solo museum exhibition explores the aesthetic guises that sometimes mask unspeakable horrors. MATRIX 243 pairs The Closet, a drawing series from 2006–07 based on the 1978 horror film Halloween, with Something to Cry About I and II (2007), patchwork bodysuits draped on armatures that evoke the skins of corpses.