5/04/2006

Brian Alfred

29 comments:

Painter said...

Brian Alfred @
Mary Boone
541 West 24th Street.

zipthwung said...

If you import a contrasty image inot Flash or illustrator, you can "Trace Bitmap" or "trace outlines" respectively.
Or you could freehand the image using besier curves.

Enjoy the ride. Or dive in.

Hospital Green (163,205,169) Battleship grey (162, 156, 140)
Khaki(197,169,121)
Hospital Blue(141,200,214)
Lense Flare?

obeyerichongisto said...
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Cooky Blaha said...

this was one of the most boring shows i ever saw at mary boone
..wow
isnt this, like, buck art or something?

triple diesel said...

What a drag. I saw this show at MB and nodded off. This stuff would look better in the lobby of a bank. Geometry is so cool, but I prefer Benjamin Edwards. Or Kevin Zucker. Or Suprematism.

exu said...

feel like been given thorazine in a 50's nuthouse

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no-where-man said...

tres, max protech

zipthwung said...

Attention K-Mart Shoppers, there are hospital scrubs for sale.

Yeah, K-mart. I shop there. American Apparel is cool and all, but I'm being exploited too.

Benjamin Edwards knows how to program his photoshop.

Anyone ever get into Logo, where you program the turtle?

Cross said...

Cool, this piece looks like a good "design idea" for a painting. Someone should DO a painting of it. Oh, they already did? Well, shoot. It's so hard to be original! Back to the drawing board.

bluebalz said...

im sick of this photoshop looking art, its very played out, soooooo boring. no risk, no juice, just good taping skills.

triple diesel said...

I guess it's like the architectural version of Lisa Ruyter, right?

Heart As Arena said...

His paper collages and animations were much better at his show at Boone's uptown gallery last September. His "Help Me!" animation for Creative Time's 59th Minute is on the Panasonic screen in Times Square right now, and it's brilliant. Hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking to watch the juxtaposition of the words "HELP ME" scrolling just above whatever disastrous or insipid news headline NBC is running. It's like putting a label on all your shit. A glorious abuse of the medium, not to mention that he's probably mirroring the inner dialogue of 9 out of every 10 tourists that happen to look up and see it.

paintmaster said...

This show was great. You have to see his other collages and animations. They work well all together. They're sorta Alex Katzish but an updated version.

devinlevin said...

I saw this guys show at Haunch of Venison in London. It was called Conspiracy. It had a very intresting animation about conspiracy theories. Haven't seen this show but saw the website for it spaceistheplace.org. Pretty intresting. Then again, I'm getting tired of most of the purposeful 'bad painting' out there.

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sucka4surface said...

Welcome to Flatland.

Vlahos Boyiajees said...

I saw this show for like 3 secs and I just had to walk out. I don't have ADD but this stuff I've seen a zillion times on Flash websites done with more imagination. There's more to painting than Illustrator's auto-trace feature. By comparison Lisa Ruyter is more interesting. At least she deals with unpredictable choices of color and has a few humans in her spaces. Ruyter's has a psychological charge to her Illustrator/Photoshop paintings. These by Alfred just seem to have been done before. Maybe his animations are interesting I have no idea.
This show by Artists Anonymous looks far more promising... http://www.goffandrosenthal.com/a/aa/aa06.html

albino radio1 said...

do you think alfred ever wants to paint people into his upside down worlds? prob not - like vlahos was saying, then it might become psychological. these paintings definitely achieve the flat space they are after.

Vlahos Boyiajees said...

albino radio1 said...
"do you think alfred ever wants to paint people into his upside down worlds? prob not - like vlahos was saying, then it might become psychological"

Aren't all paintings psychological?

Vlahos Boyiajees said...

I think Alfred wants to create a different hybrid of abstraction and representation. I believe he succeeds that initially, through the formal elements, but the stylization is a little too heavy-handed, mechanical, and pre-programmed for my liking. They scream "Mechanical" with all the taping and the software to create them. He has abandoned his own hand and replaced it with a computer map and tape. I look for at least a little human element in a work. That is my personal taste. Why even Paint it? Why not just present a quality print of it? Would people merely say "oh he did that on a computer and just hit 'Print', that is so easy, that is not worth $60K... "? Is it the discipline to create these paintings that makes it ART? Discipline and control as king? I'm not against taping and flat color and what not. There are some Frank Stella's and similar abstract paintings I like. Why let Adobe Illustrator tell you what to paint? Why not mix it in with something else? Maybe there is someting I'm missing. Oh well....

Anyone notice the lighting is extremely similar in most of is paintings? Look at the shadows....

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cam'ron said...

go back to russia

albino radio1 said...

to vlahos:

wouldn't it be limited to say all paintings are psyschological? i think paintings become psychological when they become fictional. for example, perspective and color could make what is fiction seem real. A painting's fiction might suppose an inherent consciousness and animate an image for a viewer.

i think alfred suggests a real space (amusement park?), but then flattens it out w/ a language steeped in graphics. also, the size seems to promise an 'experience,' but ultimately falls short to deliver. Also, the image suggests impossibility because it is upside-down. The painting proposes 'fiction' but ultimately suppresses the proposal in the formal delivery. for me, this leaves the painting to be what it is: a silkscreen.

in these regards, the contradiction between the fantasy and the flatness of painting space is effective.

closeuup said...

are dreams fiction?

zipthwung said...

No

closeuup said...

http://www.friezeartfair.com/images/artists/100000105.jpg

Graphic Designer said...

I was excited to see the latest Mary Boone exhibtion.

I didn't like it though.
I was bored...every painting looked the same. I didn't find anythign interesting about the paint. The images were commonplace....like a pepsi add. or mabye a cell phone? Maybe he should do cell phone adds?

Edward said...

"Art" as a statement is a wonderful thing... "for me to poop on!"

"If you can't create it on the back of my business card, you don't have art."

"Let them eat Shit"...