Matthew Lax is an artist and filmmaker interested in the malleability of language and behavior.
Lax is a quadruplet. Highly edited, architectural encounters often examine the group dynamics found in ensembles and troupes, as well as packs and families, exploring the process of identity formation using rituals, social performance and cultural heirlooms. The work is marked by a deliberate blending of animation, original footage, 3D scans, x-rays and other filmic media by which we capture, store and represent social life.
Film and video installations have been screened and exhibited nationally and internationally with the Viennale (Austria), IHME Contemporary (Helsinki), MIX New York and MIX Brasil (São Paulo), Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG), Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA), Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, NY), REDCAT, Film Forum, Echo Park Film Center, The Drawing Center (New York) and Rencontres Internationales (Paris/Berlin). Curatorial projects include those held at Anthology Film Archives (NY) and Human Resources LA. His writing has appeared in print and online publications including Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB), ArtPractical (San Francisco), and Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (CARLA).