The seed of The Great Northwest, Matt McCormick’s second solo exhibition at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery, is a scrapbook, created in 1958 by four friends, and found by McCormick in a thrift shop. This scrapbook details a 3400 mile road trip undertaken by Sissie, Berta, Klarus, and Bev, a group of thirty-something-year-old single women from Ballard, WA. McCormick himself recreated their trip, attempting to pinpoint and visit all the locations documented in their meticulous travel journal. He became interested in creating his own documentation, using the more contemporary media of digital photography and HD video, focusing his attention on the ways things had changed, and the ways they hadn’t. McCormick encountered entire towns that had disappeared, and a completely new Interstate system. Featuring a beautifully photographed 75-minute film with an ambient soundtrack The Great Northwest reminds the viewer of the fragility of history, of the swift passage of time.
Matt McCormick is a Portland, OR-based filmmaker and artist, whose first feature film Some Days are Better Than Others will be screened at the Portland International Film Festival on Sunday, February 20 at 7:30 pm. McCormick’s work has also been screened at the Beirut Art Center (Beirut, Lebanon), The Serpentine Gallery (London, England), the Reykjavik Art Museum (Reykjavik, Iceland), and the South X Southwest Film Festival (Austin, TX), among countless other national and international venues. Matt McCormick is represented by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery.