Detroit-based contemporary & fine art gallery, Library Street Collective, is pleased to announce “Material” its next solo exhibition with internationally-recognized artist Alex Brewer, also known as “HENSE.” The Atlanta-based artist will unveil a vivid collection of abstract mixed-media paintings inspired by his installations and sculptural explorations as well as works on paper ranging from small, intimate drawings of paint, ink and graphite to screen prints.
“Material is an important part of what I do creatively,” Brewer says. From wielding plywood, ink, screws and graphite to house, acrylic and spray paints, Brewer creates his vibrant pieces, this time, incorporating wooden shapes, inspired by his extensive anthology of public works. “These new paintings on panel are really similar to a collage-based process in that I’m adding and subtracting the forms until I get to a finished state,” he says. Brewer allows the mediums to speak for themselves and remain transparent in the new collection, while steadily maintaining his formalist focus on color principles, line quality, space, shape and scale. “Unapologetic material use or application of paint and material has been a constant theme in my work for the past few years,” he says.
Achieving acclaim and notoriety as a graffiti artist in Atlanta as a teenager in the nineties, Brewer, 36, has evolved creatively, with little formal art education but two decades of experience working outdoors and on large-scale public pieces. The streets became his schooling and, over time, the artist reformed his idiosyncratic style eventually transitioning his technique into the studio. “I look at those early days as a form of education for me because I was able to experience something that not all artists experience,” he says. “Graffiti was a learning tool for me.”
In his hometown of Atlanta, Brewer has exhibited in the High Museum of Art and is part of their permanent collection. He also created a multi-faceted exhibition for Alabama's Wiregrass Museum of Art, both inside and outside of the space. Brewer’s commissioned work continues to span worldwide including captivating site-specific mural installations for Taiwan’s “Very Fun Park” via the Fubon Art Foundation, a grain silo in Northam, Western Australia curated by FORM, the ISIL Institute in Peru, the Frank Gehry-designed Facebook Inc. Global Headquarters in Menlo Park, California, Apple Inc.’s retail store barricade in Miami, Florida and most recently, an apartment building facade in Cologne, Germany as part of CityLeaks Festival. He has murals in Detroit including pieces in "the Z" Parking Garage and his “Circles, Dots, Lines and Shapes” mural, covering over six stories at the historic Madison Building, both curated by Library Street Collective in partnership with Bedrock Real Estate Services.
“Material” will be on view at Library Street Collective (1260 Library Street, Detroit) from October 23 – December 20, 2015. For more information, visit LSCGallery.com or e-mail [email protected] for an exhibition catalog.
Library Street Collective
Library Street Collective specializes in cutting edge modern and contemporary fine art with a primary focus on artists who have developed their skills and visual art in public spaces. Our mission is to share what we believe to be some of the most important and inspiring art today. Located in the heart of downtown Detroit, Library Street Collective continues to cultivate a culture of exploration and art appreciation. In addition to exhibiting the works of countless international artists in its Detroit gallery and abroad, Library Street Collective has curated numerous public art initiatives many of which can be found in the city of Detroit.
Alex Brewer (HENSE)
Internationally recognized contemporary public artist and award-winning painter Alex Brewer, known as HENSE, has been creating colorful works of art combining techniques of street art and abstract painting for nearly two decades. He lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia.