Matthew Lax is a quadruplet, artist, filmmaker and writer who lives in Los Angeles with his dog. Working through documentary and narrative filmmaking techniques, Lax collaborates with non-actors to explore new forms of reciprocity, intimacy and storytelling. The resulting films extrapolate from the participants' real-life dynamics, as found amongst families, lovers, hobby clubs, athletic teams and kink communities, focusing on behavior and language, disability, animality and queerness.
Lax’s films and video installations have screened and been exhibited nationally and internationally with the Viennale (Austria), IHME Contemporary (Helsinki), MIX New York and MIX Brasil (São Paulo), table (Chicago), 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 CROSSROADS (San Francisco), among others.
Lax’s organizational projects include those held at Anthology Film Archives (NY) and Human Resources LA. Lax’s writing has appeared in print and online publications including MARCH Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB), ArtPractical, and Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (CARLA), as well a catalogue contribution with the Lawndale Art Center (Houston, TX) and a limited edition zine with Inga Books (Chicago).
Four Mickeys, 2019