Virginia MOCA, Virginia Beach, VA

Sticky/Dusty/Wet by
Sticky/Dusty/Wet by
Sticky/Dusty/Wet by
Sticky/Dusty/Wet by

Imagine creating a recipe with unlikely ingredients that blend and transform into something completely new, unexpected, and delicious. Matthew Brandt has done just that with his fearless, playful, process driven explorations, pushing and pulling on photography’s parameters. In an era of the ubiquitous digital image, he upends the very idea of the medium’s core characteristic—its reproducibility—by making each work unique.

MATTHEW BRANDT sticky/dusty/wet was organized by the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio. It is the artist’s first museum exhibition and features four of his recent series, all made since 2008. 

• Lakes and Reservoirs

• Dust

• Honeybees

• Taste Tests in Color 

Brandt intentionally aligns process with subject by folding in surprising elements from the material world—lake water, bee bodies, and bubblegum, to name a few. In addition to investigating seriality and boldly experimenting with print surface, Brandt also is attuned to complex social and environmental issues, which permeate all of his work.