Brian Alfred (b. 1974 in Pittsburgh, PA) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1997 from Pennsylvania State University and his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1999 from Yale University.
Alfred has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; Maho Kubota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Hezi Cohen Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel; Salon 94 Video Wall, New York, NY; Frist Center for Visual Art, Nashville, TN; Giraud Pissarro Ségalot, New York, NY; Haunch of Venison, London, United Kingdom; Haunch of Venison, New York, NY; Studio La Città, Verona, Italy; Haunch of Venison, Berlin, Germany; and SCAI the Bathhouse, Tokyo, Japan.
His work has been included in group exhibitions at numerous international institutions such as the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY; Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori City, Japan; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH; Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark; Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; KUNST für ANGELN e.V. | Wittkielhof, Angeln, Germany; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany; Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, TX; Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA; and the Frankston Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia.
Alfred’s work is included in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; Phoenix Museum of Art, Phoenix, AZ; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; University Museum of Contemporary Art, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA; Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, among others.
He is the recipient of awards including the Institute for the Arts and Humanities Individual Faculty Grant, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA; Jerome Foundation Grant, St. Paul, MN; Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY; Excellence Award, Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokyo, Japan; Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, New York, NY; American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award, New York, NY; New York Foundation of the Arts Inspiration Award, New York, NY; Phelps Berdan Memorial Award, Yale University, New Haven, CT; and the Skowhegan Match Scholarship, Skowhegan, ME.
Alfred is the host of SOUND & VISION, a podcast of conversations with artists and musicians about the creative process. Guests have included Diana Al-Hadid, Jules de Balincourt, Inka Essenhigh, Dominique Fung, Daniel Heidkamp, Ridley Howard, Kahlil Robert Irving, Byron Kim, Hein Koh, Chris Martin, Tony Matelli, Leeza Meksin, Hilary Pecis, Tom Sachs, James Siena, Sarah Slappey, Alexandria Smith, Fred Tomaselli, and Chloe Wise.
The artist lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Brian Alfred's work is featured in the exhibition City, Country, Connectivity at the Kunst für Angeln e.V.
Brian Alfred featured in an interview with Shoutout LA.
Brian Alfred in conversation with Maria Vogel in Hii Magazine.
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Brian Alfred interviewed on the podcast Art Sense.
KOTARO NUKAGA is pleased to present FIXED CONTAINED, a group exhibition of seven international contemporary artists: Brian Alfred, Firelei Báez, Inka Essenhigh, Nir Hod, Tony Matelli, Tomokazu Matsuyama, and Carlos Rolón. This exhibition is guest curated by Matsuyama, and will be on view from April 20, 2019 through June 29, 2019
I remember the first time I saw Jo Baer’s painting ‘H. Arcuata’. It wasn’t at a museum or gallery; it was the same kind of encounter I had with most art that hit me as an undergraduate at Penn State University. It was in a magazine. Even in print the painting knocked me out. It was so unlike any other work I had seen up until that time. It was painted three years before I was born in 1971. The stretcher was just deep enough to separate it from the depth of a normal canvas. This seemed a purposeful choice to make the painting more sculptural in its read.
Join us for the first of four creative conversations led by Brian Alfred, host of the Sound & Vision Podcast. He will be joined by Japanese-born artist Hisham Akira Bharoocha. They’ll have an in-depth discussion about how music, art, and design work together to communicate feeling.
It’s another unseasonably warm winter day in New York City. Tuesday February 13th, early evening and dark out. It’ll be in the 50’s tomorrow and in the 60’s the day after. I’m trying to remember if I’ve ever experienced such a warm February in NYC. There’s an unsettling mist and fog in the air as I weave through end of the day rush hour hordes of people – many bumping into each other as they walk with illuminated faces absorbed in their handheld screens. The pedestrian crowd dissipates as I walk through Chelsea and finally step into Miles McEnery Gallery to meet up with artist Brian Alfred for a look and talk about his current one-person show of 15 paintings and one animated video projection.
By Brian Boucher
What the Gallery Says: “Taking its title from Alvin Toffler’s 1970 novel and Herbie Hancock’s 1983 album, Brian Alfred’s Future Shock embraces both of their messages and expands upon them. Toffler warns of an impending information overload as well as humanity’s inability to adapt to the ever-increasing speed of industry and consumerism. Alternatively, Hancock’s album welcomes the so-called information overload, praising the expansion of musical possibilities brought on by technology.”
We live in a world where Instagram rules culture; where our President, instead of sending out official memos, types obscenities and presses 'tweet.' When everything you could ever need is accessible with just one click, our society's need for constant consumption has turned into the information overload. So, what do we do - embrace it or treat the fuck out? These are the questions artist Brian Alfred asks in his latest exhibition, Future Shock, at Miles McEnery Gallery in Chelsea
Issue 02 of AUGUST Journal, the New York issue. Featuring stories on Massimo and Lella Vignelli's apartment, Alanna Heiss's loft, Joe Baum's restaurants; with texts, photographs, and artworks by Pilar Viladas, Wendy Goodman, Matt Tyrnauer, Alix Browne, Ricky Clifton, Jason Schmidt, François Dischinger, Ngoc Minh Ngo, Martyn Thompson, Andrew Zuckerman, Matthew Johnston, Marc Yankus, Jean-Philippe Delhomme, Mel Odom, and many other grand New York legends.
Donald Taglialatella is pleased to announce that on Friday, 27 October, from 1 to 3pm, he will host a happening at his World House Editions stand, #102, at the IFPDA Print Fair in New York City. Dubbed The ARTpin Project and curated by painter and video animation artist, Brian Alfred, artists EJ Hauser (American, b.1967), Nathan Carter (American, b.1970) and Brian Alfred (American, b.1974) have each offered artwork for two limited edition pins and will be on hand at the World House Editions stand to give away these pins created for The Print Fair. This project is the first in a series of ARTpin projects that World House Editions will be collaborating on with artists.
Questions by Emily Burns
Thanks so much for taking the time to chat about your work and recent projects. Congrats on the recent showing of your animation Chromacity at Art Basel in Miami. The projection was 7,000-square-feet on the exterior wall of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center in Miami Beach, Florida. Is that the largest projection of your work at this point? What is it like to have your work in such a highly visible, publicized space, in such a big way?
Thanks. Yeah, I suppose that’s the biggest I have ever had my animations projected. I love having the work in public places. There’s such a different feel and reaction to it than in the gallery. I’m so happy when my work is able to reach beyond the gallery-goer and to the person on the street who may not be intending to see art during their day. I’ve been fortunate enough to show the animations in places like Times Square, Eventi Plaza, Sundance and even on buildings in Australia. To me, it’s very exciting for my work to be seen in such diverse places.
EDDYSROOM is pleased to announce the opening of its eleventh show: Room With A View. Room With A View is a group show of landscape/nature-themed works. We are excited to include the works of Erik Parker, Hein Koh, Shara Hughes, Cody Hudson, Kevin McNamee-Tweed, Hilary Baldwin, and Brian Alfred in the exhibition.
By Low Lai Chow
Now this is art that truly takes you places. Touted as "the world’s fastest art experience," the high-speed Genbi Shinkansen opened last month on the Jōetsu Shinkansen railway line.
By Claire Voon
Japan’s major passenger railway company JR East has just launched what officials call “the world’s fastest art experience” with a traveling art gallery aboard one of its bullet trains, or shinkansen. Zipping at speeds up to 200 miles per hour, a train named “Genbi Shinkansen” on the Jōetsu Shinkansen line now holds a group exhibition of contemporary works by six Japanese artists, the Japanese collective Paramodel, and New York-based artist Brian Alfred.
Brian Alfred's City Sunrise, 2004, will be on exhibition in the Denver Art Museum's reinstallation of the Modern & Contemporary galleries. Audacious: Contemporary Artists Speak Out officially opens to the public February 21, 2016 and will be on view through February 2017.
From 4 July to 27 September, at Hotel des Arts in Toulon, you can visit the exhibition VILLISSIMA. Des artistes et des villes which will exhibit some works by the artist Brian Alfred and Hema Upadhyay. The exhibition, curated by Guillaume Monsaingeon, becomes a point of reflection on how contemporary cities have evolved through contemporary art.
Screening animations at the Dallas Art Fair organized by Gretchen L. Wagner, Artistic Director and Chief Curator, Oklahoma Contemporary and Marfa Contemporary.
Participating artists include Brian Alfred, JJ Peet, Raphael Montanez Ortiz, Tomislav Gotovac, Desiree Holman, Sundblad/ Granat Films and Pul Kos, among others.
For Atelier Ace Issue, our series of limited edition art prints, we asked Brian Alfred, a multimedia artist originally from Steel City, USA, to envision an exclusive print for us and for you. With hard-edges, flat geometric forms and imagery borrowed from Circuit of the Americas in Travis County, Texas, Alfred uses speed, car racing and rituals of spectacle as avenues to explore contemporary ways of seeing.
Postcards from the End of the World: Brian Alfred’s Colorful, Cautionary Tales
Painter and digital artist Brian Alfred presents the world as a series of flattened fragments. Working from photographs, the Brooklyn-based artist digitally creates compressed, simplified images that capture the energy and anxieties of the modern world. Highway overpasses, empty offices, cityscapes, and even public figures’ faces are reduced into planes of flat color, which the artist carefully paints in taped-off portions, creating crisp images that sit somewhere between the handmade art of paintings, cartoon-like animation, and mass-produced perfection. His latest series, on view in a new show at Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, takes automobile racing as its point of departure.
BRIAN ALFRED AT AMERINGER | MCENERY | YOHE
The New York based gallery Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe has announced a forthcoming solo exhibition by the Brooklyn based artist Brian Alfred which will present recent works under the title It Takes A Million Years To Become Diamonds So Let’s All Just Burn Like Coal Until The Sky Is Black. The solo exhibition will feature new images by Brian Alfred based around the exploration of automobile racing, his cropped abstract works capturing everything from the excitement of the cars and racing through to the global investment elements of companies that contribute the money to the races by including representations of oil slogans in his images. The exhibition at Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, who last year presented a show of work by Wolf Kahn (see more in this video), sees Brian Alfred capturing small slices of time that aim to capture the emotions of watching the races.
A slight variation on a theme this one, although as the title to this AV collaboration between Brooklyn-based abstract pop artist Brian Alfred and longstanding Battles serviceman Ian Williams suggests, there’s Beauty In Danger. There’s danger in beauty too, but as precisionist blocks of automobile-themed pastel dart across the screen this one’s indubitably a question of the outwardly beautiful residing deep within the dangers of modern-day locomotion. The volatile flickering of restive traffic lights; the neon smear of speeding cars; the immoderate regard paid to the music booming from the tinny in-car stereo. In this instance, we’d implore you pay the most intimate of attentions to the music in question, for Williams has composed an electronically affected piece that’s as stark as Alfred’s itself engaging visual element: efficient and in certain respects rather Germanic, it correlates perfectly with his collaborator’s Autobahn-obligated auxiliary stimulant to make for a sensorial masterwork that’s racy as it is incontrovertibly well executed.
Mercury Retrograde: Animated Realities
Brian Alfred, Aline Bouvy, Cliff Evans, eteam (Franziska Lamprecht, Hajoe Moderegger), Scott Gelber, John Gillis, Jan Nalevka, Karina Aguilera Skvirsky
Curated by Željka Himbele and William Heath
Three or four times a year, the planet Mercury appears to move backward in its orbit when seen from Earth. This optical illusion is referred to as Mercury retrograde. In popular astrology, Mercury retrograde marks intense periods when things go awry, signaling the need for reflection and revision of our lives. This is a time for veering away from the past and taking cautious steps forward. Mercury’s cycle has been speculated as the cause of major course corrections for society; it gives us a chance to grow as humans, to raise critical awareness, and possibly make a movement towards radical change.
There’s a lot of product going on here,” I heard a woman say into her cell phone at the mega-art fair Art Basel Miami Beach 2014.
Still, even in the context of the vast amount of money changing hands at the Miami Beach Convention Center, where the main fair is taking place, there are pockets of resistantly antimaterialist art, and outside its walls some performance and film are to be found.
Some of the films were made available to me for advance viewing, and among them were many worth watching. Tabor Robak’s 20XX (2013) (Team Gallery) features a lush, unthreatening cityscape overrun by neon and Klieg lights and advertisements for media and game brands on the fantasy buildings. The resurgent Babette Mangolte’s Water Motor (1978) (Broadway 1602/Sikkema Jenkins) elegantly documents Trisha Brown’s loose-limbed dancing, with a seductive repetition of the sequence in slow motion. Leo Gabin’s Oh Baby (2013) (Elizabeth Dee/Peres Projects) is a low-tech, low-production value music video with some fun editing choices. Brian Alfred’s Under Thunder and Fluorescent Lights (2104) (Ameringer McEnery Yohe) is an animation involving allusions to landscape and architecture and a mutating, colored sun.
Brian Alfred, assistant professor of art, will exhibit his new animation "Under Thunder And Florescent Lights" on the 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center as part of Art Basel, in Miami Beach, Florida, Dec. 4 to 7. Art Basel stages the world's premier modern and contemporary art shows annually in Basel, Switzerland; Miami Beach; and Hong Kong. This is the second consecutive year Alfred has been selected for the Art Basel Miami Film program.
Selected by David Gryn, Director of Artprojx, the Film sector includes over 80 works by some of today's most exciting artists from Latin America, the United States, Europe, Asia and beyond.
Film presents works in both the outdoor setting of New World Center's SoundScape Park and on six touch-screen monitors within the newly designed Film Library at Art Basel's show.
The work of New York-based artist Brian Alfred examines the relations between the media and the real, underscoring the gap between reportage and first-person experience. Alfred's sources of reference range from news items, which aspire to etch their images in the consciousness of all, to sights taken by Alfred himself while traveling. Two primary means to his work - fragmentation and abstraction - take us back in their directness to the experimental works of early modernism. Alfred uses the fragment to claim the viewer's alertness, but as opposed to the avant-garde artists, the world from which he reports appears to be already saturated with and inured to sensations.
Art Basel presents a premier program of films by and about artists, selected by David Gryn, Director of London's Artprojx, and Zurich collector This Brunner. Gryn's 2013 program presents over 70 film and video works drawn from the show's participating galleries.
The third edition of David Gryn's selection for Art Basel's Miami Beach show explores the collaborative creative process via intersections between visual artists, composers, musicians, choreographers, dancers, and animators.
On January 15, 2014, the Montclair Art Museum will celebrate its centennial. On view will be a collection-based exhibition throughout the Museum and its grounds, with 100 works reflecting its rich cultural history and legacy.