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Son of a Brandt: Matthew Brandt’s Solo Exhibition

From time to time, we explore the artistic talents of our extended family. Photographer, David Allan Brandt’s son, Mathew, will be having his first solo exhibition in New York. It opens this week .

Matthew Brandt : Lakes, Trees and Honeybees  May 24 – June 30, 2012 Artist’s Reception: Thursday, May 24, 6:00 – 8:00PM 245 Tenth Ave (24th/25 St.)  New York 10001

Yossi Milo Gallery is pleased to announce Lakes, Trees and Honeybees, an exhibition of new photographs and prints by Matthew Brandt from his series Lakes and ReservoirsTreesHoneybees and Taste Tests in Color. This will be Matthew Brandt’s first exhibition with the gallery and his first solo exhibition in New York.

Matthew Brandt creates his prints using physical elements from the subject itself. Inspired by landscape photography of the American West – especially its correlation to the methods of printing and making images during photography’s infancy in the mid-nineteenth century – the artist revives traditional photographic techniques through various production processes, including handmade papermaking and gum-bichromate. Whether soaking prints in water from the subject lake, or printing on paper that the artist made from the subject tree, or even using a pigment that the artist created from the subject (charcoal from the trees, gum-bichromate emulsion of honeybees), Brandt blurs the line between the photograph and the photographed.

Sylvan Lake, SD 5, 2010 From the series Lakes and Reservoirs C-Print soaked in Sylvan Lake water 30” × 40”

For his series Lakes and ReservoirsBrandt 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 Reservoirsseries considers the current condition not only of our lakes and reservoirs, but also of traditional color photography.

Stone Lagoon, CA 3, 2008 From the series Lakes and Reservoirs C-Print soaked in Stone Lagoon water 30” × 40”

Veil Lake, CA 2, 2008 From the series Lakes and Reservoirs C-Print soaked in Veil Lake water 30” × 40”

Dexter Lake, OR 4, 2010 From the series Lakes and Reservoirs C-Print soaked in Dexter Lake water 30” × 40”

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.

Tree 1, 2009–2011 From the series Trees Silkscreen on handmade paper 18 3/4” × 12 7/8” (47.62 × 32.7 cm)

Tree 8, 2009–2011 From the series Trees Silkscreen on handmade paper 18 3/4” × 12 7/8” (47.62 × 32.7 cm)

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.

Bees of Bees 1 (detail), 2012 From the series Honeybees Gum Bichromate print with honeybees on paper Approximately 59” × 100” (149.86 × 254 cm)

 Bees of Bees 5 (detail), 2012 From the series Honeybees Gum Bichromate print with honeybees on paper Approximately 59” × 100” (149.86 × 254 cm)
 Bees of Bees 2, 2012 From the series Honeybees Gum Bichromate print with honeybees on paper Approximately 59” × 100” (149.86 × 254 cm)
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.

Portrait of Matthew Brandt by David Allan Brandt.

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