Known for his paintings, collages and animations that examine the ways in which perception of our surroundings and culture is mediated by technology, his works present a flattened, depopulated and predominantly urban world derived from found images. His thematic concerns - including the signifiers of Modernist idealism and technological progress, conspiracy theories and the growing prevalence of surveillance in the post-9/11 world - have led him to focus on images featuring architecture, machinery, interiors, urban and suburban landscapes, as well as text. The world as depicted by Alfred is distanced, banal - as in visually unremarkable - yet highly charged with possible meanings. GEcropcircle examines the artists’ interest in text in landscape, more specifically the act of creating a drawing in nature as a means of protest or graffiti. Or is it Land Art?
Signature: Signed, dated and numbered in pencil.
Publisher: World House Editions
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