BRETT WALLACE

 

Born in Boston, 1977
BFA, Painting, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1999
Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development in 2008
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

ARTIST STATEMENT
My practice takes account of the shift towards the digitization of everything and our dependence on information and systems in the digital age.

My work transforms information from digital to spatial to pictorial space, and back again. This process of transformation across mediums and space is as important to me as the output of the work itself. Seeing and drawing is the origin of my practice. I leverage things I see in both the digital and physical experiences of everyday life as fodder for my work e.g. visual influences from architecture, graphic design, software tools, stock imagery, studio objects, previous works etc. Just as technology builds off previous versions, many of forms in my works kick-start the creation of new works. The idea of working through a generative and conceptual process like this, where my work thinks “like a growing network” with no clear beginning or end point, each work influencing the next, defines my practice and the statement I am making as an artist working today.

My work seeks to destroy any distinction between two-dimensional and three-dimensional space. For example, a fabricated architectural maze from a 1980’s video game may be juxtaposed on top of a gestural, hand-drawn form. While my work is mainly placed on the wall, it does not identify itself as either a painting or a sculpture, but rather a hybrid of both pictorial and dimensional space. The form of my work is almost of a freeze frame of digital culture.

The works have a circulatory and, at times, a disruptive pulse and energy within them, as well as a non-linear, post-minimalist sense of design. Through the creation of these hybrid and interdisciplinary works, I am interested in the tension and relationship between figure and ground, mechanical and gestural sensibilities and mediums, pictorial and dimensional space, and the invisible vs. visible systems and networks that define our culture and experience today.

I want to draw attention to the disruptive and powerful energy of abstracted systems and networks in our age while simultaneously reminding ourselves of focusing on the present and individual agents that make up a system.

BIOGRAPHY
Wallace's work has been featured in exhibitions at the 2014 Dublin Biennial (Ireland), Central Booking (New York), Art House Productions (New Jersey), the Barrett Art Center (New York), Fountain Gallery at Purdue University (Lafayette, Indiana), Robert and Elaine Stein Gallery at Wright St. University (Dayton, Ohio), Herter Gallery at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA), and Smith College (Northampton, MA). Wallace’s work has recently been featured in interviews with Vellum magazine, The Art Salad and Gorky’s Granddaughter. His work is held in the permanent collections of LinkedIn Corporation, Suffolk University School of Law, and 1 Beacon Place (Boston).

Wallace’s work takes account of the digitization of the world and examines the transformation between the organic and mechanical, digital and physical through painting, sculpture and installation. Wallace is in a unique position to explore this medium. He has spent the last 15 years both as an artist and a technology/business leader, where has acquired skills and knowledge of networks, systems, software development, technology startups, and the culture of Silicon Valley.

In 2014, Wallace and his wife Laura launched The Conversation Project, a series of interviews with influencers in the contemporary arts including Sharon Louden, Michelle Grabner, Massimiliano Gioni, James Fuentes, and John Yau. The objective of the project is to shine a light on various parts of the global contemporary art world with a lens on entrepreneurship.