Matthew Brandt, ‘Microwave Oven Magic 06’, 2014, Friends Seminary: Benefit Auction 2017

Unique. Framed. With Frame: 10 3/8 x 5 3/8 x 1 5/8 in.

Preliminary online bidding closes on March 9th at 4:00PM EST. Online bids will be transferred and executed at the benefit event later that night.

Signature: Signed, titled and dated on verso

About Matthew Brandt

Calling his approach “a little bit messy and experimental,” Matthew Brandt produces large-scale photographs through labor-intensive processes recalling the 19th-century origins of photography, often incorporating the physical matter of the subject itself. Attuned to the history of his medium—and its resolute physicality—and inspired by classical American landscape photographs, Brandt traverses the West, photographing and collecting material samples from nature and cities. Like such early inventors as Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre and William Henry Fox Talbot, Brandt revels in the alchemy of image making, experimenting with the effects of various materials on the development process. He has produced rainbow-washed pictures of lakes by soaking them in their own water, and photographs of swarms of sparkling honeybees incorporating the bodies of the bees themselves. Through his work, Brandt poses a fundamental question about his magical-seeming medium: what is a photograph?

American, b. 1982, Los Angeles, California, based in Los Angeles, California