Brad Downey

List of Exhibitions

Born 1980 in Louisville, Kentucky (USA).

2003 - 2005 Slade School of Art - MFA Painting - London, UK
1998 - 2003 Pratt Institute - BFA, Film - Brooklyn, NY
Directed documentary - "Public Discourse" - distributed by "Video Data Bank" in 2004, and was awarded a "New York Times Critics Pick" in 2005

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.

Subtle, 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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Brad Downey - Works


Brad Downey - List of exhibitions

Public Projetcs

Long Weight - commissioned by O Ashford Temporary Artworks for the Tour de France and received a SEEDA Arts Plus award - Ashford / UK
Last night I dreamt that somebody loved me - commissioned by Peacock Visual Arts - Aberdeen / Scotland

Barricade Gets Laid - commissioned by Saatchi and Saatchi - London / UK (upcoming)
3 Site Specific Works - commissioned by Conjunction- London, Birmingham, Stoke on Trent / UK
A Rose With A Thorn In Its Side - commissioned by Rottenrow Workshop and Dragon Bar - London / UK

The Rules Of Space - commissioned by the (ICA) Institute of Contemporary Art London - London / UK

American Paranoia - Sites-Miami - Lummus Park- Miami, Florida / USA

Selected Exhibitions

Call it what you like - Kunstcentret Silkeborg Bad, Silkeborg / Denmark
fresh air smells funny - Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabrueck / Germany

It`s the Thought That Counts - Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Berlin / Germany
Adaptation - Peacock Visual Arts - Aberdeen / Scotland

Anti Climb Fence - Seven Seven gallery - London / UK

Our Work Makes Us Free - Backjumps - Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Bethanien, Berlin / Germany
Were On It - Jen Bekman Gallery - Manhatten, NY / USA

American Grafitti - Central Saint Martins - London / UK
Mondo Urbano - Fantasia - Montreal / Canada
The Interventionist - Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts - North Adams, MA / USA

Public Discourse - Publico gallery - Cincinnati, OH / USA
Outside in - Pratt Institute Memorial Hall - Brooklyn, NY / USA

Evolutionare Zellen - Neve Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin / Germany
The Free Biennial - Brooklyn, NY / USA

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The Adventures of Darius & Downey

Leon Reid IV, Brad Downey. Publisher: Thames & Hudson
22,9 x 15,2 cm, Hardcover. 256 pages
ISBN: 978-0-500-51395-8

An unparalleled book on street art and artists, the first to be entirely narrative-driven.

Through a series of true stories, this unique book reveals the tight-knit, exciting world of street art. Darius (aka Leon Reid) and Downey (aka Brad Downey) did their first piece together in Brooklyn in 2000 - a life-changing experience marking the birth of a partnership that would go on to revolutionize street art.

Ed Zipco, an acute and empathetic commentator on urban graffiti art, relates their most memorable experiences, from their early exploits and brushes with the law to their work internationally in London and Berlin. Along the way, we witness their artistic evolution from conventional graffiti tagging to ambitious street installations that are both wittily entertaining and startlingly subversive.

The introduction is by renowned street artist Swoon, famed for her intricate paper cutouts.
80 color illustrations.

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