Brian Alfred /   Brian Alfred

United States 1974

Painting, Collage

Brian Alfred
Brian Alfred
United States
March 15, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Brian Alfred, born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1974, is an artist who works fluidly between painting, collages, digital drawing and animation. He received a BFA from Pennsylvania State University in 1997, studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine and received an MFA from Yale University, New Haven, CT in 1999.

Alfred works 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. He is best known for his works that examine how technology has altered people’s perception of their surroundings and how they 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.

His images rarely include figures, although he did produce a series of portraits in 2009 titled Millions Now Living Will Never Die. The series presents 333 portraits of cultural figures who have influenced his artistic practice, including artists Andy Warhol and James Rosenquist and musicians Miles Davis and Bob Marley.

Alfred has worked extensively collaborating with electronic musicians creating and designing catalogs for which these musicians created songs in relation to the artist’s work. His animations have been shown in film festivals internationally.

Artist is the recipient of many awards, including Japan Media Arts Festival Award, Pennsylvania State University Alumni Achievement Award, Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award. His work is included in many important collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Denver Art Museum, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, to name a few. In 2004, a documentary about the Alfred titled ArtFlick 001 was featured at the Sundance Film Festival.

Alfred lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015It Takes a Million Years To Become Diamonds So Let’s All Just Burn Like Coal Until The Sky Is BlackAmeringer McEnery Yohe, New Yorksolo
2014New AnimationsHezi Cohen Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israelsolo
2014Beauty In DangerSalon 94 Video Wall, New Yorksolo
2014Black-WhiteLaMontagne Gallery, Boston, MAgroup
2014100 Works for 100 Years: A Centennial CelebrationMontclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJgroup
2014Mercury Retrograde:Animated RealitiesLafayette Art Galleries, Lafayette College, PAgroup
2013Storms and StressHezi Cohen Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israelsolo
2013Uncanny CongruenciesPalmer Museum of Art, University Park, PAgroup
2013Art FilmArt Basel Miami, Miami, FLgroup
2013Mercury Retrograde:Animated RealitiesStephen Stoyanov Gallery, NYCgroup
2013Epic FailStorefront Bushwick, Brooklyn, NYgroup
2012It’s Already The End Of The WorldFrist Center for Visual Art, Nashville, TNsolo
2012exUrban ScreensThe Frankston Arts Centre-Cube 37, Melbourne, Australiagroup
2012Unknown51th Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokyo, Japangroup
2012SourcedSteven Vail Fine Arts, Des Moines, Iowagroup
2011Co-opGiraud Segalot Pissarro, New Yorksolo
2011Rise AboveHaunch of Venison, Londonsolo
2011BeyondSCAI the Bathhouse, Tokyo, Japangroup
2011Videosphere: A New GenerationAlbright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NYgroup
2011AnimationsBig Screen Project, Big Screen Plaza, NY, NYgroup
2011Printer’s ProofBertrand Delacroix Gallery, NY, NYgroup
2010It’s Already The End Of The WorldHaunch of Venison, New York solo
201053th International Cairo BiennialeCairo, Egyptgroup
2010The Big Screen ProjectEventi Plaza HD Screen, NY, NYgroup
2010Me, Undoubtedly. 1309 FacesKunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germanygroup
2010Aichi TriennaleAichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japangroup
2010Surface TensionSouth Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, INgroup
2010OneDotZeroEMPAC Digital Art Center, Troy, NYgroup
2010New Art For A New Century: Contemporary Acquisitions 2000-2010Orange County Museum of Art, CAgroup
2009Majic WindowStudio La Citta, Veronasolo
2009Mercury Retrograde: Animated RealitiesBig Medium Gallery, Austin, Texasgroup
2008Millions Now Living Will Never Die Haunch of Venison, Berlin solo
2008Uncoordinated: Mapping Cartography in Contemporary ArtContemporary Art Center Museum, Cincinnati, Ohiogroup
2008Ru Ru Ru Landscape: How I see the World Around MeShizuoka Prefecture Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japangroup
2008Teaching An Old Dog New TricksDen Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmarkgroup
2007Global WarningSCAI the Bathhouse, Tokyo, Japansolo
2007The Shapes of SpaceSolomon R. Guggenheim Museumgroup
2007System Error: War Is A Force That Gives Us MeaningPalazzo delle Papesse, Sienna, Italygroup
2007Art Fair TokyoTokyo, Japangroup
2007Art FilmArt Basel, Switzerlandgroup
2006SurveillanceHaunch of Venison, Zurich solo
2006Space is the PlaceMary Boone Gallery, New Yorksolo
2006The 59th MinuteTimes Square Panasonic Astrovision Screen, Creative Time, NYCgroup
2006American Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational ExhibitionAmerican Academy of Arts and Letters, NYCgroup
2006Radar: Selections from the Kent and Vicki Logan CollectionDenver Art Museumgroup
2006New CodeStudio La Citta, Verona, Italygroup
2006Signal Channel: Contemporary Video ArtBemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NEgroup
2005Paper and PixelsMary Boone Gallery, New Yorksolo
2005Conspiracy?Haunch of Venison, London solo
2005Produced at EyebeamEyebeam, NYCgroup
2005SurfaceLucas Schoormans Gallery, NYCgroup
2005Art-+>Office Space, NYCgroup
2004The Future is Now Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZsolo
2004OverloadMax Protetch Gallery, New Yorksolo
2004FalloutSamek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisberg, PAsolo
2004MetropolisThe National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australiagroup
2004Art and Architecture 1900-2000Palazzo Ducale, Genoa, Italygroup
2004UnknownSandroni Rey Gallery, Los Angelesgroup
2004Trouble in ParadiseVan Brunt Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2004Happy EndingKingfisher Projects, Queens, NYgroup
2004ToxicMax Protetch Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2004Digital ShowcaseAustin Museum of Digital Artgroup
2003Brian AlfredSandroni Rey Gallery, Los Angelessolo
2002Brian AlfredMax Protetch Gallery, New Yorksolo
2000Brian AlfredMax Protetch Gallery, New Yorksolo
1999Group ShowMax Protetch Gallery, New Yorkgroup
1999MFA Thesis ExhibitionYale School of Art Gallery, New Haven, CTgroup