I’d never seen Neil Winokur’s work until today. In AFC’s latest MATTE interview, Matthew Leifheit brings up the underknown photographer in relationship to younger artists working today, who similarly work within the still life genre. Winokur, now in his 60s, continues to make work that resembles digital art—images isolated against what could very well be a Photoshopped background.
“I photograph objects because they never move or complain about the way they look,” Winokur told The New York Times in a 2007 telephone interview. Winokur’s works often get described as deadpan, but this statement goes beyond that simplicity; it hints at the control freak aspect of artmaking. We photograph what we have control over and what we can manipulate to our own ends.
Also, this work is purple.