Matthew Brandt pushes boundaries in his ongoing “Lakes and Reservoirs” large-scale photo series. The California artist shoots water landscapes across the American West, accompanied by a five gallon jug. Back in the studio, he empties the water he’s collected into a large tray and bathes the C-print of each lake into that same lake’s water. These are some of the remarkable outcomes of a process that has brought him international attention.
(Top: American Lake, WA: C-print soaked in American Lake water / Above: Lewis Lake, Wyoming )
Brandt leaves the print in the bath from a few days to several months, producing a range of effects from blotted-out psychedelics to landscapes that remain relatively intact. “There are sediments in some water that can cause a sparkle effect as the c-print starts to break up,” Brandt told Elle Decor. “I love when that happens.”
-From the isavirtue blog, here.
Matthew Brandt graduated from Cooper Union in New York in 2004, and then from UCLA in 2008, Brand has received critical acclaim in a relatively short period. His work is in the permanent collections at LACMA and the Armand Hammer Museum.
Brandt at M+B Gallery, Los Angeles
Brandt at Yossi Milo Gallery, New York
Brandt’s website, here.
A profile of Brandt on Phaidon, here.