'This Art Sucks' Opens at Art Bar Thursday

By Krystin Arneson
In Culture

St. Louis (and, full disclosure, ALIVE) photographer Matt Pfaff opens a 72-print show Thursday at Art Bar on Cherokee Street titled “This Art Sucks” that showcases his accessible black-and-white and color photography. We sent over a few questions about his show via email to get his thoughts on what drives his work.

Photo by Matt Pfaff

Photo by Matt Pfaff

1/ What gives you inspiration?
Honestly, my anxiety. I constantly battle with whether or not I can muster up the courage to even get out of the house and shoot. It’s funny, but I think that if it weren’t for my crippling anxiety issues, I probably never would have got into photography.

2/ What do you most enjoy photographing?
I’ve come to realize that my favorite shots have ended up being the photos I never intended to take. I love setting up wide landscape shots in the middle of nowhere, but it’s truly the images I capture at the pit stops along the way that I end up enjoying the most.

Photo by Matt Pfaff

Photo by Matt Pfaff

3/ Do you tend to work in series or individual photos? Why that one?
Individual photos because, why? I don’t know.

4/ What ideas/thoughts/emotions/whatever are you hoping to convey to your audience through your work?
:::Insert generic description of art perception here:::

Photo by Matt Pfaff

Photo by Matt Pfaff

5/ What are some upcoming projects you have on the burner?
I’m going to start working more with high-speed photography along with working more creatively with light sources. I also plan on working more on photo series.

The images are available for sale at the show, which runs through the end of the month. The show’s official opening party is Nov. 7 from 3pm-1:30am. 

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