Trachten featured in the May issue of Harper's Bazaar.
Sculptures, Leftovers and Documentation
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.
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Trachten on DB mobil. “Das Buch ist eine Hommage an fast vergessene Traditionen vieler deutscher Regionen. Wie ein Farbrausch, prunkvoll und überwältigend, ziehen die Bilder den Betrachter in den Bann.”
Trachten featured in the April 17 edition of Süddeutsche Zeitung. “Trachten spielen wieder eine Rolle in der Mode: weil sie für Ursprünglichkeit stehen und ein wenig Weltflucht. (Dieser) Bildband feiert die Kleider-Kunstwerke…Eine Augenweide.”
Trachten in the April 19 edition of Welt am Sonntag. “Der Modefotograf Gregor Hohenberg reiste fünf Jahre lang durch Deutschland, um Menschen in Trachten zu porträtieren. Seine Bilder zeigen eine erstaunliche Vielfalt der Formen, Schnitte und Verzierungen – und sie erzählen von hoher Handwerkskunst.”
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