Penn State School of Visual Arts Assistant Professor and alumnus Brian Alfred curated two group exhibitions, including The Search For The Real at DeBuck Gallery and BLACK/WHITE at AMERINGER | McENERY | YOHE in New York City, both opening Thursday, July 9.
The Search For The Real, on display through August 7, brings together artists whose work explores the boundaries of painting in a direct physical manner. BLACK/WHITE, on display through August 14, features a diverse group of artists, including Alfred, who were asked to make works in a limited palette.
In The Search For the Real, participating artists use different means to push the conventions of space in painting. Be it through materials, application process, surfaces, light and other means, the collective dialog of these works investigates conventions of the way paintings are made and the ways in which they are seen.
In BLACK/WHITE, Alfred was interested in the results of asking the artists to restrict their palate and work outside their normal methods and the dialog the works would have within those restrictions. A public reception for this exhibition will take place Thursday, July 9, from 6-9 PM in the gallery.
Alfred received his B.F.A. from Penn State and his M.F.A. from Yale University. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting in Maine. He has shown in museum exhibitions internationally. His animation “Help Me” was featured on the Times Square NBC Astrovision screen as part of Creative Time's 59th Minute. A documentary about Alfred, called ArtFlick 001, was featured at the Sundance Film Festival. His awards include the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award, the Penn State Alumni Achievement Award and College of Arts and Architecture Alumni Award, the New York Foundation of the Arts Inspiration Award, and a two-time Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant recipient. Recent film festivals also include Art Basel Film Hong Kong and Art Cologne Film, as well as a screening at Salon 94.
Photo Caption: detail of a painting from Augustus Nazzaro in The Search For The Real.