Brian Alfred

BRIAN ALFRED (°1974 in Pittsburgh, PA)is best known for his collages, paintings, and digital animations. He works fluidly between classic and contemporary media like drawing and digital art, and he depicts subject matters that range from architecture and technology to modern idealism and romantic heroism. Best known for his works that examine how people’s perception of their surrounding world and culture is mediated by technology, Alfred’s practice is often accounted for as socio-critical and a mirror of our contemporary times.

He creates flattened and usually depopulated worlds of color reproduced in two dimensional bold patterns, often derived from found images. Alfred explores the effect public imagery has on individual perceptions of reality by using newspaper photographs, television advertising, and the internet as source. Inscrutable scenes in his paintings and animations remind the viewer of how public media tend to show a glimpse of reality: relevant information is cropped out of the image and the overall picture is flattened into a coherent colourful narrative of a simple ideology.

In a more recent project titled Millions Now Living Will Never Die!!!, Alfred created portraits of 333 musicians, artists, actors, writers, and politician that he said all were a creative influence on his own practice. The project is a self-portrait of Alfred as much as it is an archive of his creative development.

Brian Alfred earned his B.F.A. in painting from Penn State University in 1997, and his M.F.A. from Yale University in 1999.

EXHIBITIONS

2018

Miles McEnery Gallery, ‘Future Shock’, New York, USA

2017

Maho Kubota Gallery, ‘Techno Garden’, Tokyo, Japan

2016

Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, ‘In Praise of Shadows’, New York, USA

2015

Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, ‘It Takes A Million Years To Become Diamonds So Let’s Just Burn Like Coal Until The Sky Is Black’, New York, USA

2014

Hezi Cohen Gallery, ‘New Animations’, Tel Aviv, Israel 

Salon 94 Video Wall, ‘Beauty in Danger’, New York, USA

2013

Hezi Cohen Gallery, ‘Storms and Stress’, Tel Aviv, Israel 

2012

Frist Center for Visual Art, ‘It’s Already the End of the World’, Nashville, USA

2011

Giraud Pissarro Ségalot, ‘Co-op‘, New York, USA

Haunch of Venison, ‘Rise Above’, London, England

2010

Haunch of Venison, ‘It’s Already the End of the World’, New York, USA

2009

Studio La Città, ‘Majic Window’, Verona, Italy

2008

Haunch of Venison, ‘Millions Now Living Will Never Die!!!’, Berlin, Germany 

2007

SCAI the Bathhouse, ‘Global Warning’, Tokyo, Japan

2006

Haunch of Venison, ‘Surveillance’, Zurich, Switzerland 

Mary Boone Gallery, ‘Space is the Place!’ New York, USA

2005

Mary Boone Gallery, ‘Paper and Pixels’,  New York, USA

Haunch of Venison, ‘Conspiracy?’, London, England

2004

Phoenix Art Museum,‘The Future is Now!’, Phoenix, USA

Max Protetch Gallery, ‘Overload’, New York, USA

Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, ‘Fallout’, Lewisburg, USA

2003

Sandroni Rey Gallery, ‘New Work’, Los Angeles, USA

2002

Max Protetch Gallery, New York, USA

2000

Max Protetch Gallery, New York, USA

2018

Miles McEnery Gallery, ‘Belief in Giants’, New York, USA

2017

Samsung Art TV, ‘The Frame’ Samsung, USA

Mountain Gallery, ‘Like Oxygen’,Brooklyn, USA

2016

EDDYSROOM, ‘Room with a View’, Brooklyn, USA

Art Basel Miami Beach, ‘Art Film’, Miami Beach, USA

Maho Kubota Gallery, ‘Tokyo / London / New York’, Tokyo, Japan

Denver Art Museum, ‘Audacious: Contemporary Artists Speak Out’, Denver, USA

JR-EAST(Echigo Yuzawa), ‘Genbi Shinkansen’, Niigata, Japan

Aomori Museum of Art, ‘In an Illusion Village: Our Form Connected by Media Art’, Aomori, Japan

Palmer Museum of Art, ‘Extended Practice’,Pennsylvania State Univeristy, University Park, USA

2015

(curator) Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, ‘BLACK | WHITE’, New York, USA

(curator) DeBuck Gallery, ‘The Search For The Real’, New York, USA

Hôtel Des Arts, ‘Villissima’, Toulon, France

Culturadora, Art Miami NY, ‘The Everywhere Exotic’, New York, USA

Marfa Contemporary, ‘ Animation Screening’, Animation at the Dallas Art Fair, Dallas,USA

2014

(curator) LaMontagne Gallery, ‘BLACK/ WHITE’,Boston, USA

Art Basel Hong Kong, ‘Art Film’, Hong Kong, China

Montclair Art Museum, ‘100 Works for 100 Years: A Centennial Celebration’, Montclair, USA

Lafayette Art Galleries, ‘Mercury Retrograde: Animated Realities’, Lafayette College, Easton, USA

Art Cologne, ‘Film Cologne’, Cologne, Germany

2013

Palmer Museum of Art, ‘Uncanny Congruencies’, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA

Art Basel Miami Beach, ‘Art Film’, Miami Beach, USA

Stephen Stoyanov Gallery, ‘Mercury Retrograde: Animated Realities’, New York, USA

Storefront Ten Eyck, ‘Epic Fail’, Brooklyn, USA

2012

Frankston Arts Centre/Cube 37, ‘exURBAN SCREENS’, Melbourne, Australia

15th Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokyo, Japan

Steven Vail Fine Arts, ‘Sourced’, Des Moines, USA

2011

SCAI the Bathhouse, ‘Beyond’, Tokyo, Japan

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, ‘Videosphere: A New Generation’, Buffalo, USA

Big Screen Plaza, ‘The Big Screen Project’, New York, USA

Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, ‘Printer’s Proof,’, New York, USA

2010

12th International Cairo Biennale, Cairo, Egypt

Big Screen Plaza ‘The Big Screen Project’, New York, USA

Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, ‘Me, Undoubtedly. 1309 Faces’, Wolfsburg, Germany

Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, ‘Aichi Triennale’, Nagoya, Japan

South Bend Museum of Art, ‘Surface Tension’, South Bend, USA

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), ‘onedotzero’, New York, USA

Orange County Museum of Art, ‘New Art For A New Century: Contemporary Acquistions 2000 – 2010’, Newport Beach, USA

2009

Big Medium Gallery, ‘Mercury Retrograde: Animated Realities’, Austin, USA

Haunch of Venison, ‘The Figure and Dr. Freud’, New York, USA

2008

Contemporary Arts Center, ‘Uncoordinated: Mapping Cartography in Contemporary Art’, Cincinnati, USA

Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, ‘Ru Ru Ru Landscape: How I see the World Around Me,’, Shizuoka, Japan

Den Frie Udstilling Bygning (Den Frie Center of Contemporary Art), ‘Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks’, Copenhagen, Denmark

2007

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, ‘The Shapes of Space’, New York, USA

Palazzo delle Papesse, ‘System Error: War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning’, Sienna, Italy

Art Fair Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Art Basel, ‘Art Film’, Basel, Switzerland

2006

Creative Time, ‘The 59th Minute, Times Square Panasonic Astrovision Screen’, New York, USA

American Academy of Arts and Letters, ‘American Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational Exhibition’, New York, USA

Denver Art Museum, ‘Radar: Selections from the Kent and Vicki Logan Collection’, Colorado, USA

Studio La Città, ‘New Code’, Verona, Italy

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, ‘Signal Channel: Contemporary Video Art’, Nebraska, USA

2005

Eyebeam, ‘Produced at Eyebeam’, New York, USA

Lucas Schoormans Gallery, ‘Surface’, New York, USA

Ignivomous, ‘ART!@*><WORK’, New York, USA

2004

National Gallery of Victoria, ‘Metropolis’, Melbourne, Australia

Palazzo Ducale, ‘Art and Architecture 1900 – 2000’, Genoa, Italy

Sandroni Rey Gallery, ‘Inagural Show’, Los Angeles, USA

Van Brunt Gallery, ‘Trouble in Paradise’, New York, USA

Kingfisher Projects, ‘Happy Ending’, New York, USA

2003

Max Protetch Gallery, ‘Toxic’, New York, USA

Austin Museum of Digital Art, ‘Digital Showcase’, Texas, USA

1999

Max Protetch Gallery, ‘Group Show’, New York, USA

Yale School of Art Gallery, ‘MFA Thesis Exhibition’, Connecticut, USA

Born

  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, 1974

Resides

  • Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York