Sculptures, Leftovers and Documentation

Brad Downey at Berlin's Haus am Lützowplatz
Posted by Gestalten—03/2014

With the element of surprise firmly on his side, the American artist Brad Downey creates powerful interventions that visually disrupt the routine of our urban perceptions. This Friday, his first institutional solo exhibition in Berlin will open at Haus am Lützowplatz. Surrounded by a construction built by the artist, it will showcase a variety of videos, photos and objects from the last few years, documenting the Downey’s interventions in the public space and beyond.

Brad Downey’s art discourages quick glances and celebrates double takes. Using elements from film, sculpture, painting, and drawing, he creates remarkable work ranging from the spectacular and headline-making to the small, delicate, and almost hidden. Often realized without assignment or permit, his installations are subtle disturbances of the cityscape, tackling structural, social, and political questions. Some of his works get "corrected" soon after by construction workers or the public, others are integrated into urban situation for longer periods of time. They subvert our usual routines of perception, challenge our sense of criticism and judgment and involve the audience’s reaction in the sense of social sculpture.

Born in 1980 in Louisville, Kentucky, Downey studied film in Brooklyn, New York, and painting and sculpture with Bruce McLean at the Slade School of Art in London. Based in Berlin since 2008, he has turned the German capital into a platform for his artistic practice using the public space as the place and substance for wily, irritating manipulations of reality, with increasing international acclaim. Downey's work has been featured in several Gestalten books like Art & Agenda, Beyond the Street, Urban Interventions, and of course his monograph Spontaneous Sculptures.

Vernissage: Friday, March 14 at 7PM.

Brad Downey

Spontaneous Sculptures
Posted by Gestalten—07/2012
Clever and provocative urban interventions by a master of the genre.
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Art & Agenda

Posted by Gestalten—11/2014
Explores the current interrelationship between politics, art, and activism.
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Urban Interventions

Personal Projects in Public Spaces
Posted by Gestalten—11/2013
The first book to document the next quantum leap in artistic work now hitting public spaces.
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Beyond the Street

The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art
Posted by Gestalten—12/2013
Definitive book on street art featuring 100 key figures from around the world in their own words and images.
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Brad Downey

Rock Wedge
Posted by Gestalten—09/2013
Brad Downey's urban intervention produced as a lenticular print, illustrating the subtle yet disruptive routine of our urban perception.
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Brad Downey

Pavement Squash
Posted by Gestalten—09/2013
Brad Downey's urban intervention produced as a lenticular print, illustrating the subtle yet disruptive routine of our urban perception.
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Brad Downey

Curb Lift
Posted by Gestalten—09/2013
Brad Downey's urban intervention produced as a lenticular print, illustrating the subtle yet disruptive routine of our urban perception.
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Brad Downey

Bench Lift
Posted by Gestalten—09/2013
Brad Downey's urban intervention produced as a lenticular print, illustrating the subtle yet disruptive routine of our urban perception.
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