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Brian Black a Multidisciplinary Approach

Brian Black has been a practicing artist living in Southern California since 2000. His multidisciplinary practice focuses on space, physicality & object interaction. In 2004, he met his long-time collaborator artist Ryan Bulis. Since that time, much of his performance work has been associated with the collaborative they call Brian & Ryan. Brian has also kept an individual art practice and exhibits nationally and internationally.


2000 Northern Illinois University

                        MA Degree, Sculpture

1995 Northern Illinois University 

                        BFA, Sculpture

                        BSED, Art Education


Exhibition History

2023               Franconia Sculpture Park Performance Art Fellow

                         Safer, MN

2023              A Map Project

                        San Diego, CA

2023              Project Blank Working Title

                        San Diego, CA

2022              Park Social initiative

                        San Diego CA

2022              Other Places art fair: Wheelbarrow Valet

                        Santa Rosa CA

2022              Syntax an arrangement

                        Art Produce, San Diego CA

2021              Other Places art fair: Highest High-Five

                        San Pedro CA

2020              Other Places art fair (Virtual)

                        San Pedro CA

2020              Art Produce Residency

                        Art Produce, San Diego CA

2019              Global Frequencies

                        Lincoln, NE

2019              Words Matter (as part of the To Do Mending Project)

                        Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA

2019              Edge to Edge

                        Fahle Galerii, Tallin Estonia

2019              Brian & Ryan Save Kitchmas

                        Visual Space Gallery, San Diego CA

2019              Soundpedro

                        FLOOD Gallery, San Pedro CA

2019              Gray Matter

                        Ship in the Woods, Encinitas CA

2018              Brian & Ryan Kitschmas Time Again

                        Vivid Space, San Diego CA

2018              Importante/Impotente Partido Tenis

                        Happening, Tijuana México

2018              Hot Diggity Dog

                        Surrealist Dinner Party, MOCA Tucson AZ

2018              Sensorium: Living Space

                       Vanguard Culture, San Diego CA

2018              Soundpedro

                        San Pedro, CA

2018              Everyone’s Asking If I’m Okay

                        Icing Room, London UK

2017              TalkTalk

                        Ship in the Woods, San Diego CA

2017               Brian & Ryan Kitschmas Clinic

                        Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson AZ

2107               Wrong Sound Biennial

                        International: Pavilion for San Diego, CA

2017               NOISE: Art in Odd Places

                        AIOP ORLANDO, Orlando FL

2017               Brian & Ryan Sound Collection Helmets

                        San Diego Art Institute: Project Space, San Diego, CA

2017               Dis_Arbitration

                        Liberty Station, San Diego CA

2017               Factory @ MOCA

                        Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson AZ

2016               Irrational Exhibits 9: Field Reports

                         Lace Gallery, Los Angeles CA

2015               Brian & Ryan Present a Kitschmas Special

                         Lux Art Institute, Encinitas CA

2013               AIOP: Model

                        New York, NY

2012               Local Motion

                        Jacobs Art Gallery, San Diego CA

2012               Un-common Spaces

                         Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles CA

2011                 Irrational Exhibits 8

                         Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica CA

2010               Here not There

                         Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA

2009              Cross-Walk-A-Thon

                         Broker Gallery, San Diego, CA

2009              Irrational Exhibits 7

                         Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica CA


Major Projects and Collaborations


 2020            Conceptual Art Teaching Paper/Presentation

                        University Illinois

2019               Media Arts: Little Saigon Stories

                        Crawford High School, San Diego CA

2018               Mega Arts: Artist Presenter

                        San Diego Museum of Art

2014               Mega Arts: Artist Presenter

                         Mingei Museum

2014                Portrait of a Community Mural

                         San Diego Cultural Art Alliance: Graffiti Program

2009               Stories of Colina Park Documentation of Community Leaders

                          LISC Service Learning Grant


Awards and Grants

2023               Artist in Residence Performance Fellowship at Franconia Sculpture Park

2020              Artist in Residence at Art Produce

2015               San Diego Foundation Grant

2014               San Diego Foundation Grant

2011                PLT (Plant a Learning Tree) Grant

2010               Jimmie Johnson and Lowes Toolbox for Education Grant


Included Publications

2023                Conceptual Art and Teaching

2022                Syntax an Arrangement Catalog

2021                Irrational Exhibitions Anthology

2018                Emergency Index: Highest High-Five



Related Work Experience

2018-2022         San Diego State University Teacher Mentor Program

2020                    Diversity & Inclusion Outreach Program SDSU School of Art + Design

2013-Current     Education Director of the San Diego Cultural Arts Alliance

2018-2020         Chair of the District VAPA Advisory Council

2000-Current    Art Instructor Crawford High School

2007-2008        Assistant Curator Brokers Building Gallery

2004-2008        Board Member of Brokers Building Gallery

2009                     Visiting Artist for AIGA LINK Program

2009                     Visiting Artist for Point Loma Library

2012                      Artist Lecture for Local Motion Exhibit at Jacobs Art Gallery

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