Designing News in the issue 219 of étapes.
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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