Monday, September 29, 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Urban Renewal

A grid of small paintings, each 7" x 5", hung together to form a multiple ...
Urban Renewal is a series of painting-pieces on mounted paper hung together to form one art-piece, created from discarded paintings, paintings in a state of decay, paintings saved from a fire ... The work is a continuum of my series entitled Ritual Function, after a theory by Walter Benjamin:
It is significant that the existence of the work of art with reference to its aura is never entirely separated from its ritual function.

Walter Benjamin

“The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”

Brad T. Birchett, Urban Renewal, mixed media on mounted paper - grid, 2008

Urban Renewal: A re-accountment of the visual and physical experience of walking, within a grid of formal-expressionist painting parts. Here are a few details ...

This multiple-piece will be hung, in its present state, mirrored to another piece, Action to Object, in the Other exhibition curated by Rob Tarbell at The Piedmont Virginia Community College Gallery in Charlottesville, opening April 25th ... See the review of the OTHER exhibition at PVCC in The Hook, by Laura Parsons ...

Brad Thomas Birchett, Action to Object, installation with bench, stone cairn, and audio, 2006

For more DECAY - RENEWAL - RITUAL - ENTROPIC behavior see the Transformation work that was up at Vanderbilt University last year: HERE ....