Brad Downey - Broken Horizons

From 28. of August, Brad Downey will exhibit under the titel "Broken Horizon" at REINKINGPROJEKTE in Hamburg.

Dates: by appointment only

Opening: 28. August 2009 – 7 pm

Born 1980 in Louisville, Kentucky (USA).
2003 - 2005 Slade School of Art - MFA Painting - London, UK
1998 - 2003 Pratt Institute - BFA, Film - Brooklyn, NY
Downey uses film, sculpture, painting and drawing to reflect on concepts about the establishment versus the audience.

Holding a fine art master's degree in painting and sculpture from London's prestigious Slade School of Art (where he studied under Bruce Mclean and Will Alsop), Downey grew up in a United States Marine Corps family, traversing towns across the United States, soaking up influences of converse surroundings that would later add to his unique perspective. Pratt Art Institute drew him to New York City in 1998, where he first cultivated his study of Fine Art. Stimulated by the buzz of the urban, he sought out alternate methods for depicting his environment, deciding on a film degree for formal study.
Downey stakes a claim for the individual's interpretation of the signals and systems that govern the urban environment and imperceptibly determine our movements around the city. Because we're so accustomed to these signs and beacons, their subtle manipulation or replication can often be overlooked. Downey uses humour to underscore the institutional regulation of public behaviour and to provoke awareness of how this control affects the evaluation of art, self, and social status.
Subtile, comic and often provocative, Downey surprises the viewer with his reactions to how property, space and personal experience overlap in an era of privatization. Using found and forgotten remnants of urban architecture, Downey reinvents public objects and reinserts them into the every-day landscape. These temporary disruptions - persisting as little as minutes and as long as months - toy with interrelations between individuals as they inhabit public and private space.

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Photos of the opening,
"Tipps der Woche",