Brian D. Black-New Genre Artist
I have been a practicing artist living in Southern California since 2000. My performance, installation and sculptural work focuses on physicality, absurdity and object interaction. Around 2004, I met my long-time collaborator artist Ryan Bulis. Since that time, much of my performance work has been associated with the collaborative we call Brian & Ryan. But I have also kept an individual art practice separate from the collaborative work.
In 2017, I began work on a series of solo performance/installations titled: SLICE and The Highest High-Five. My aim is to design work that allows one-on-one interactions with a viewer. In the SLICE series, I invite members of the audience to join me in sawing a log with a double handled cross-cut saw. The slices are then stamped, labeled and set back into their natural environment for potential rediscovery and eventual decay. In the Highest High-Five, I stand on a platform and invite people to attempt a ten foot high-five which is the height of a regulation basketball rim. I first installed the High-Five work at Ship in the Woods 2018. It has been published in Emergency Index 8, and I will revisit this work in March 2020 at Other Places Art Fair.
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MA in Sculpture at Northern Illinois University
BSED in Art Education at Northern Illinois University
BFA in Sculpture at Northern Illinois University
Art Produce Artist in Residency
Other Places art Fair : Selected Artist
Emergency Index 8: Features Artitst
Artist in Residence
San Diego CA
Brian & Ryan Save Kitschmas
Visual Space Gallery
San Diego CA
Sound collection Helmets
Ship in the Woods
Angels Gate Gallery
San Pedro CA
To Do A Mending Project
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego CA
Edge to Edge
Venice Institute of Contemporary Art
Fahle Gallerii, Tallin Estonia