09.06.2012  •  Art NEWS


WATER, BEES & TREES •  Wasser zu Wasser, Baum zu Baum, Biene zu Biene - die Kunst des Matthew Brandt in der New Yorker Yossi Milo Galerie

Die New Yorker Yossi Milo Gallery zeigt aktuell "Lakes, Trees and Honeybees", neue Fotografien und Prints von Matthew Brandt aus seinen Arbeiten "Lakes and Reservoirs, Trees, Honeybees" bzw. "Taste Tests in Color". Dies ist Matthews erste Ausstellung in der Galerie und seine erste Solo-Ausstellung in New York.

Das Besondere an seiner Herangehensweise : er benutzt das fotografierte Objekt zur Finalisierung der Abblidung desselben. Was dazu führt das er bspw. sein Foto-Papier selber herstellt - aus ebendem Baum den er zuvor fotografierte.

Oder seine Prints kurzerhand solange "wässert" bis sie seiner Meinung nach fertig sind - in genau dem Wasser aus jenem Gewässer das er im Bild festhielt.

Die Galerie hierzu im Detail : "For his series "Lakes and Reservoirs", Brandt photographs lakes and reservoirs in the western United States, and then submerges each resulting C-print in water collected from the subject of the photograph. Prints are soaked for days or weeks or even months, and this process impacts the layers of color that comprise the image.

Brandt removes the print once it reaches its desired look, which can range from mostly representational to completely abstract. The Lakes and Reservoirs series considers the current condition not only of our lakes and reservoirs, but also of traditional color photography.

Brandt photographed his series "Trees" in George Bush Park near Houston, Texas. The artist photographed and gathered branches from fifty trees he found in a grassy valley in the park. Back in his Los Angeles studio, he made paper from the branches and burned the remaining wood to make charcoal for ink.

The artist then silk-screened prints of each tree using ink and paper made entirely from the trees. These photographs are pictures of trees made from the trees.

"Honeybees" is a project that began when “colony collapse disorder” was a bold media headline. The artist discovered hundreds of dead and ailing honeybees scattered along the California shoreline. Instead of photographing the surreal scene, the artist collected bees, and photographed them in his studio.

Using the nineteenth-century gum-bichromate printing process, Brandt made the prints from an emulsion of the bees themselves.

The series "Taste Tests in Color" is an extension of Matthew’s original monochromatic series "Taste Tests", which were silk screens of iconic American landscapes printed using a food item such as ketchup or mole sauce in place of ink. Taste Tests in Color transforms images of Vernal Falls at Yosemite National Park into 4-color multi-layered silkscreens made of jewel-toned handmade edible ink.

Each layer is made of a particular food product such as cotton candy, Kool-Aid, mouthwash, or pharmaceutical pills that recreates a color in CMYK or RGB color model. The series is an untraditional reinterpretation of the original landscape photography of the American West and playfully revisits early color film photography itself."

Bio : In December 2011, Forbes named Matthew Brandt one of tomorrow’s “brightest stars” in the article "30 Under 30" : Art & Design. Brandt’s work is included in the collections of the Armand Hammer Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He was born in California in 1982, and received his BFA from Cooper Union and his MFA from UCLA. The artist currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Lakes, Trees and Honeybees
by Matthew Brandt
bis 20ten Juli
Yossi Milo Gallery
245 Tenth Avenue
(between 24th & 25th St.)
New York, NY 10001