M+B is pleased to announce Matthew Brandt: Stars, Dust, Bubble Wrap, the artist’s second solo exhibition at the
gallery featuring new work that explores Hollywood as both a construct and a landscape. The exhibition runs from
December 14, 2013 through January 18, 2014, with an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, December 14
from 6 to 8 pm.
Presented in this show are some new works made in my studio in Hollywood, California. Here is a
list, in no particular order, of some of the materials involved:
cyan hair dye
magenta hair dye
yellow hair dye
black hair dye
Cocaine, the Hollywood sign, plush velvet and cheap fantasies, interchangeable personalities, fashion trends, dirt,
dust, bubbles, stars, slick surfaces—Brandt directly employs the stereotypical tropes of Hollywood and transforms
them into work that is anything but.
Matthew Brandt’s images are tethered to the creative process with the work’s very subject matter being physically
employed to further the read. Starry night skies typically obliterated by Hollywood’s lights are elegantly composed in
swirls of cocaine on black velvet, decades-old pictures of controversially demolished Los Angeles architectural gems
are pigmented with the dust from their modern day replacements, striped shirt-wearing torsos are burned onto fields
of pristine white silk velvet, and abstracted gaps between the letters of the Hollywood sign glow in hair dye and
Matthew Brandt (b. 1982, Los Angeles) received his BFA from Cooper Union in 2004 and his MFA from UCLA in
2008. He was recently featured in Art+Auction’s “50 Under 50: The Next Most Collectible Artists” in the June 2013
issue, and his first solo exhibition at M+B in the fall of 2011 was met with critical attention: selected by Modern
Painters as part of “The 100 Best Fall Shows” and reviewed in the December/January 2013 issue. Brandt was
included in the “The Top 30 Under 30 in Art and Design” for Forbes by Jeffrey Deitch in 2012 and Art in America
included him in their “Top Finds at Paris Photo Los Angeles” earlier this year. His work is held in the permanent
collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), The J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles), The
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Armand Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), Bidwell Projects (Ohio), The Sir
Elton John Photography Collection, UBS Art Collection, Statoil Collection, Columbus Museum of Art (Ohio), Brooklyn
Museum of Art (New York), North Carolina Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Cincinnati Art Museum
(Ohio), Royal Danish Library and Wieland Collection, among others. This fall, the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio
will open Brandt’s first institutional solo exhibition entitled Sticky/Dusty/Wet, which will travel to the Virginia Museum
of Contemporary Art in the fall of 2014. Recent institutional group exhibitions include Land Marks at The Metropolitan
Museum of Art (New York), Reality Check at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Currents at the
Contemporary Art Museum (North Carolina) and Staking Claim at the Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego).
Matthew Brandt lives and works in Los Angeles.
For more information, please contact Alexandra Wetzel at M+B at (310) 550-0050 or [email protected].
Matthew Brandt "Night Sky" Disclaimer: Some artworks in this exhibition contain trace amounts of cocaine incorporated into the materials used and
thus rendered unusable in any other context. The inclusion of the cocaine is strictly for conceptual artistic purposes and is not intended in theory or
practice to be considered by the viewer or purchaser in any other way. The Artist would deem the removal of any materials from any of these pieces
an unauthorized alteration or destruction of the work in violation of the Artist's copyrights including, but not limited, to the Visual Artists Rights Act.
- Matthew Brandt, Hollywood, November 2013