28.3.12

art vs. art | matthew brandt vs. tchmo

alright ladies - put your voting hats on!*

you may remember this post about gabriel dawe and anne lindberg - that was what inspired me to create this new bi-weekly feature "art vs. art." i'm pretty pumped about it, because the more i look for it, the more i find art which is very similar. it's bound to happen right? but the question is...who does it better?

today i have two amazing artists for you. matthew brandt i have featured before, and his art vs. art competitor is tchmo. no last name, like madonna and beyonce. 

matthew brandt takes photographs of scenery/water bodies, and then from what i can gather, he soaks the print in the water which is featured within the image. for example, the very red image below is entitled veil lake ca 5 and the medium is described as "c print soaked in veil lake water." so that's how he gets those cool effects - pretty amazing right?

tchmo is very mysterious. he doesn't say much about his work except "i mash things up." it's anyone's guess as to how - whether it involves a double exposure, or work done in the dark room or photoshop. heck, maybe he is literally mashing together two different images. in fact - for all i know these are paintings not photographs. either way the result is some pretty amazing grainy overlays of colour and image.

but, you can't deny their similarity - so which do you prefer and why??














 all images via the artist's websites

* that's silly - no one really wears hats anymore - much less voting hats!

5 comments:

  1. I think they are both beautiful. I'm no art critic, but I think I prefer the tchmo pieces. I love the interesting mix of color and the natural world in both, but the tchmo pieces seem more ethereal and softer to me. I like that. Brandt's work seems kind of harsh, the reds and yellows remind me of fire and blood. I would put the tchmo work all over my house, but the Brandt work is too "scary" or something to me.

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    1. you certainly don't have to be an art critic to choose one over the other. i always worry people feel intimidated by art. as i talk about in my e-course - the best you can do it learn something about it (like i did with brandt's work, and Tried to do with tchmos). but then, even after learning something about it - you may come to like it. or you may still dislike it. it's just about your own aesthetic.

      and yes, i totally agree - i'm fascinated by matthew's methods but decor wise...tchmo's the way to go!

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  2. Love Matthew Brandt's work! To risk sounding cliche, they are so organic. I love artists who play with processes and unconventional materials. What a way to elevate the (sometimes stagnant) landscape genre!

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  3. tchmo is my favourite out of the two here, I just like the mountains and the colours...I am very simple to please!

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  4. I prefer tchmo's imagery & palette but love the watery feel of Brandt's work. Do I really have to choose?! OK, tchmo it is then.

    Love this new feature!

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