AM DeBrincat /   Alexandra Marie DeBrincat

United States

Digital Art, Photography, Painting

AM DeBrincat
Alexandra Marie DeBrincat
United States
March 25, 2016

Colorful, impressive portraits of American artist AM DeBrincat bring us back to our childhood and those days when we used to make collages and combine pieces of magazine articles with old photographs. For DeBrincat, who is a multimedia artist, the combination of prints, photographs and colors aims to represent the issue of hybrid identities, which is a modern term, born in the era of smartphones and social media. The digital realm we’re living in made it possible for us to create interactive self-portraits anytime we want and DeBrincat is exploring this phenomenon through her art.

Left - AM DeBrincat - Amateur Psycic Hour, 2016 - Right - AM DeBrincat - Professor, 2016
AM DeBrincat – Amateur Psychic Hour, 2016 (left) / Professor, 2016 (right)

Digitally Constructed Identities

DeBrincat is a versatile artist who received a BA in Spanish and English Literature from the University of Oregon and also an MFA from Parsons the New School for Design in NYC. Thanks to her degrees in art and languages, she has a good understanding of the nature of communication, which changed a lot recently because of the rapid digitalization. Not only human communication but also the nature of identity and information changed since the widely accessible social networks and the entire realm of the digital allow us to be, in a way, whatever we decide to be. Choosing a different avatar every day has become a common practice and DeBrincat is trying to offer a deeper insight into this idea by creating multimedia works on canvas which are hybrid and merge painting, photography, and printmaking. The artist is also appropriating images from online searches and combining them with the photos she takes while strolling the streets of NYC.  Urban details such as graffiti, catalogs and car stickers are commonly found in her collages. De Brincat’s work is based not only on photos and paintings, bus also on a xerox transfer printing. The artist uses this type of transfer printing as the conceptual bridge between digital and real worlds because it enables us to place the digitally constructed entities on a physical plane. Only after this transfer has been done, the artist uses acrylic and oil paints to enhance the photographs and create different faces. Each of these faces is, in fact, a composite of images the artist obtained through social media and various advertising websites. Uniquely constructed and seamed together faces fit perfectly the artist’s idea of composite identities we’re bound to find in every corner of the web nowadays.

Transfer printing is seen in DeBrincat’s work as the conceptual bridge between the digital and real

AM DeBrincat - The Right Gravity, 2016 (left) - Champ, 2016 (right)
AM DeBrincat – The Right Gravity, 2016 (left) / Champ, 2016 (right)

Merging Visual Arts and Writing

AM DeBrincat is not only a multimedia artist, but also a writer, curator, and the publisher of Art File Magazine. She is interested in helping her fellow artists get more public exposure and she is investing a lot of efforts in composing in-depth artist interviews and publishing additional projects which can be described as a blend of art and writing. When she is not working on the magazine, De Brincat is spending time in her Brooklyn-based studio, brainstorming new ideas. DeBrincat’s work has been shown in group exhibitions in the US and abroad, and in solo exhibitions in New York City, Los Angeles, Houston  and Cleveland. The most important of her recent awards are grants from the Durst Foundation and the Deming Foundation, as well as the fellowship from MASS MoCA Museum.

AM DeBrincat - Shimmering Cosmonaut, 2016 (left) / Antwerp Disco, 2016 (right)
AM DeBrincat – Shimmering Cosmonaut, 2016 (left) / Antwerp Disco, 2016 (right)

New Solo Show – Power Moves

BAU Gallery in Beacon, New York is the host of Power Moves, an immersive site-specific installation and solo exhibition of AM DeBrincat’s work. The opening reception was held on April 9, 2016 and the exhibition will be open for visitors until May 8. Power Moves investigates the relationship between words and actions in our modern, digital age. The artist covered the gallery walls with the word for the sound of a punch, represented in twenty-five languages from around the world, alongside with her paintings. Power Moves explores the way we communicate and create our identity in an online world and the frequent motif of boxing gloves stands for the aggressive momentum and anxiety, omnipresent in the Information Age.

Power Moves investigates the relationship between words and actions in our modern, digital age

AM DeBrincat - Grafted Tree, 2016 (2)
AM DeBrincat – Grafted Tree, 2016

Decoding the Message

DeBrincat’s vividly colored paintings and strange complexity of her portraits are guaranteed to capture our attention because we’re simply bound to try to decode and demystify all the layers they contain. At the same time, the ideas behind DeBrincat’s works are as appealing as their visual aspect. Questions of identity are surely a heated topic nowadays and DeBrincat’s enticing approach is perhaps helping us understand a little bit better all the implications of our multiple online identities.

AM DeBrincat lives and works in Brooklyn, NYC.

Featured image: AM DeBrincat’s Portrait
All images courtesy of the artist.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Power MovesBAU Gallerysolo
2016Open DialogueBOX 13 ArtSpacesolo
2015Double VisionCraddock-Terry Gallerysolo
2015Digital Interference/Analog InterventionVitrina Gallerysolo
2015Experimental FitnessMicro Art Spacesolo
2014DurrantmanKianga Ellis Projects/VOLTA NY 2014solo
2015Art in a BoxThe Painting Centergroup
2015CalicornucopiaCalico Gallerygroup
2015Drums on Paper: A Risograph Print ShowGlasshouse Gallerygroup
2015Last GREXIT to BrooklynCentotto Gallerygroup
2015PreludeBrayer Gallerygroup
2015LimitedSilence is Accurate Gallerygroup
2015Socha a Objekt/Sculpture & ObjectGaleria Statua, Palffyho Palacegroup
2014A Wicked ProblemElizabeth Project Spacegroup
2014Window ShoppingFive Myles Gallerygroup
2014personal pronounsVSW Gallerygroup
2013Vanishing AnatomiesChashama Gallerygroup
2013Homeward FoundWassaic Project/Maxon Millsgroup
2013Cube It Up!Gode Gallerygroup
2013Color CorruptedCalico Gallerygroup
2012Question for RevolutionSheila C. Johnson Design Centergroup
2012(RE)PURPOSEThe Kitchengroup
2012Dreaming on WallsDream Downtown Hotelgroup
2012UnbuttonedAPT16 Artspace/Sumei Gallerygroup
2012Cabaret of FailureWollman Hallgroup
2011College Art AssociationHunter College/Times Square Gallerygroup
2011Rupture25 East Gallerygroup
2010Aliosha Gorshok ReinterpretedKrasnoyarsk Museumgroup
2010Yearning to Breath FreeUniversity of San Francisco Gallerygroup
2009DigDiego Rivera Gallerygroup
2009LiminalSwell Gallerygroup
2009Soft TransgressionsSan Francisco Art Institute Gallerygroup
2008Berkeley Grant RecipientsMLK Civic Center Gallerygroup
2008Everything But Kitschen SyncLa Luz de Jesus Gallerygroup
2008New Wave FeminismFemina Potens Gallerygroup
2007Everything But Kitschen SyncLa Luz de Jesus Gallerygroup
2007EmbodiedLos Medanos Art Gallerygroup
2007Dirty Little SecretsAltered Esthetics Gallerygroup
2007Reality ReinterpretedElliot Fouts Gallerygroup