Sunday, January 29, 2017


Intermedia Art: Using or involving several media, as dance, electronic music, film, and/or painting simultaneously; multimedia.  See examples HERE.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Return: Sound Art


Brad Thomas Birchett, Return, sound collection & documentation mix from Once Was environmental installation and intervention series ... ongoing. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Thomas, Italy - 1945

In the summer of 2014 I traveled to Italy for the first time.  During this time I followed part of my father's footsteps from his tour during World War II.  Earlier, I researched his regiment's path northward and found that he was part of the movement that liberated the city of Volterra.  He began in Naples and moved north all the way to Milan where in the end he guarded the street where Mussolini hung.

In homage I created copies of a contraband photo of my father taken on the front lines, making the copy slightly larger, a degree from the original.  This image was considered illegal contraband at the time so seeing it as a child was always a source of mystery and intrigue.  When removing the photo (made directly from the negative and edge-torn from a contact sheet) from the old family photo album I found writing on the back, written by my father at a much later date, so as not to forget the event of the photo.  On the back of my copies I forged the same words in my father's then hand writing.  I placed 5 of the 6 copies at various landmarks across northern Italy, in a similar way one places icons on sacred ground in memorium.  I used the sixth photo to show the people I met during the intervention, as I explained my father's experience in Italy from 1943 to 1945.  I also recorded the sounds around me during the search for the various sites, combining them into one sound piece titled Partisan Fera.

Partisan Fera, 3:56, clip of collected sounds, 2014

Photo Documentation of Thomas, Italy - 1945, 2014

Photo Documentation of Thomas, Italy - 1945, 2014

 I documented the photo copies on the tile floor at the door of our little balcony in Volterra.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Paintings that Are Still Alive

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Once Was, 42 x 36", $POR

Four Winds, 27 x 22", $POR

Brood Hoody, 27 x 22", $POR

Nest Fleur, 20 x 18", $POR

Other Side, 27 x 22", $POR

Ground Garden, 27 x 22", $POR

Two Lives, 27 x 22", $POR

Family Pie, 30 x 22.5", $POR

Nest Egg, 27 x 22", $POR

Sunday, August 10, 2014


Many of these little drawings were created in the margins of pages, and are the inspiration for my latest exhibition, Return.  In that subconscious moment, we are connected to our animal existence ...

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

New Work for Quirk

These are some new paintings, details actually, from what Iv been doing over the last year and a half ... the show will be at Quirk Gallery on Broad Street, Richmond VA, opening September 5th, 2014 ...

Monday, January 6, 2014

Return - Proposal Mock-up

In this mock-up (derived from Consolidated Landscapes installation) I am describing a possible installation scenario with speakers that are suspended from the ceiling or framework from above.  The audio components would be suspended on a floating shelf or audio wire run to a separate location such as an adjacent space.  The speakers are connected to 3 separate sound art sources (dual stereo speaker systems), and the spacing may vary depending on the installation site.