David Matorin is a writer, filmmaker and arts journalist based in Brooklyn, New York. He is co-director of the short documentary, PIPPA: Queen of the Future, featured in Pippa Garner's traveling retrospective exhibition, Immaculate Misconceptions. He is also producer of the 2021 web series, Future Continuous, by Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) and JOAN gallery featured on the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art's "MoCA Screen" platform. He is a contributing writer for publications including Art in America, Modern Painters, Flash Art, Bomb Magazine, and Truthdig.
Artists at Work: Pippa Garner “Back to Zero Again” by David Matorin
Pippa Garner is an artist of many in-betweens. Since studying automotive design at ArtCenter in the 1960s and serving in the U.S. Army as a combat illustrator during the Vietnam War, Garner has built a decades-long career that bridges the chasms dividing art from design, publishing, media, and lived experience. Always with an edge of sardonic wit, her absurdist yet accessible drawings, sculptures, and characters cast a satirist’s trenchant eye toward the systems of authority and myth that shaped the Boomer Generation’s American experience. Embarking, in the late ‘80s, on her self-described project of “gender hacking” caused an estrangement from L.A.’s art world at the time, as well as a recent resurgence of interest in her status as a pioneering trans artist.