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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




Art Produce

Artist in Residence

San Diego CA


Brian & Ryan Save Kitschmas

Visual  Space Gallery

San Diego CA



Sound collection Helmets

Global Frequencies

Lincoln NE


Grey Matter

Ship in the Woods

Escondido CA


Sound Pedro

Angels Gate Gallery

San Pedro CA


To Do A Mending Project

Eraser Workshop

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego CA


Edge to Edge

Venice Institute of Contemporary Art

Fahle Gallerii, Tallin Estonia

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