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M, C, Y, and K Iteration 1  Limited Edition Digital Prints by Matt Gehm

M, C, Y, and K Iteration 1 Limited Edition Digital Prints by Matt Gehm

M, C, Y, and K Iteration 1
ink on heavy weight matte
24" x 36"


M,C,Y, and K” is a dissection of the conventional four color printing process, a system where a color image is separated into 4 different color values through the use of filters and screens. In the past, the process was created photographic film on a graphic arts camera, but is now typically executed through software. The result of this is a color separation of 4 images that when transferred to printing plates and sequentially printed with colored inks cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (key), reproduces the original color image. “M,C,Y and K” is a physical representation of the traditional process. Acrylic sheets were given a single pass of color and mounted to cherry wood frames. The layers are not bound to one another; they may be rearranged, flipped, or rotated to create nuanced iterations from the kit of parts. The process and compositions were documented through photography and then printed.

Bio: Matthew Forester Gehm was born in the Netherlands in 1991 and lived in Europe for 3 years before moving to San Jose, California. At 18 he attended USC for college and received his Bachelors degree in architecture. After graduating he began to pursue art using the tools that he had learned while attending school for architecture. His work focuses primarily on process, color, layering, and the urban environment. He aspires to create images that speak to the viewer without words.