A set of six oversize styled matchbooks feature well known US landmarks and monuments on the front flip cover. Peven also calls this set ‘Snatches.’ This sexual wordplay hints at the subtext, here laid out not beneath the surface but under the (matchbook) covers, that suggests a less than Puritan take of some of US’s more famous and revered erections.
Matchbook construction. Paper wrapper, staple bound. Offset printed in color.
Michael Peven was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and attended the University of Illinois, Chicago for a BA in Design and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for an MFA in Photography/Artists Books. He has been active as a photographer, bookmaker and installation artist since the 1970s. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in more than 40 one person exhibits and over 100 group shows and is in numerous public collections and archives. Peven has received awards and fellowships from the Arkansas Arts Council, Mid-America Arts Alliance/NEA, JW Fulbright College and the University of Arkansas Teaching Academy.