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Los Angeles based artist Matthew Brandt produces contextual works that employ a process-based approach, in which the output often includes physical elements of the subject itself. In the following series, Taste Tests in Color, Brandt manipulates 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 specific food product, some of which include mouthwash, bubble gum, and pharmaceutical pills. Re-framing traditional landscape photography of the American West, the artist concurrently recalls traits of early color film photography.

In December 2011 Forbes highlighted Brandt as as one of tomorrow’s “brightest stars” in their 30 Under 30: Art & Design feature. His work can be found 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.


Cake Icing 1, 2012
Silkscreen on paper with teal, yellow, pink, and chocolate cake icing
© Matthew Brandt / Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York


Kool-Aid 1, 2012
Silkscreen on paper with raspberry-lemonade, tropical punch, lemonade and grape Kool-Aid
© Matthew Brandt / Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York


Sprinkles 2, 2012
Silkscreen on paper with blue, yellow, pink and black sugar sprinkles
© Matthew Brandt / Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York


Gummy Bears 4, 2012
Silkscreen on paper with blue, red, yellow and purple gummy bears
© Matthew Brandt / Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York


Airheads 1, 2012
Silkscreen on paper with blue raspberry, cherry, and green apple Airheads
© Matthew Brandt / Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

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