Working from found images, Brian Alfred identifies essential forms and renders them as color fields, creating flat and depopulated landscapes. The miniscule details in Along the Banks of Rivers High Above pronounce a scale shift in this imaginary aerial landscape.
Series: Maharam Digital Projects
Image rights: © 2010 Brian Alfred, Maharam under license
About Brian Alfred
Brian Alfred's paintings, collages, and animations examine how technology has altered our perception of our surroundings and how we process information. Working from photographs, Alfred uses a computer to reduce images (often of architecture, machinery, urban landscapes, and office interiors) to their essential forms, before turning these elements into flattened, bold color fields that retain a handmade feel. The 2009 series "Millions Now Living Will Never Die!!!" departs from Alfred's typically depopulated imagery, presenting 333 portraits of cultural figures who have influenced his artistic practice, including Pop artists Andy Warhol and James Rosenquist and musicians Miles Davis and Bob Marley. In 2004, a documentary about the Alfred titled ArtFlick 001 was featured at the Sundance Film Festival.
American, b. 1973, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in Brooklyn, New York