Catinca Tabacaru Gallery Collective

Joe Brittain

Joe Brittain
Past Tense, 2017
Installation View

Joe Brittain
Labor and Love, 2016
burnt wood beams with two crystal balls
84 × 30 × 9 in

Joe Brittain
Labor and Love, 2016
(detail)

Joe Brittain
Untitled (Frozen River), 2017
petrified river bed stones, steel wire, 1931 printing of “Decline of the West” by Oswald Spangler
23 × 64 × 5 inches

Untitled (Frozen River), 2017 (Detail)

Joe Brittain
Untitled, 2017
marble, wood, black diamonds
47 × 18 × 9 inches

Untitled (marble), 2017, (Detail)

Joe Brittain
Untitled, 2017
crushed lapis lazuli in binder on wall in ratio of Pi
dimensions variable
2 of 3 + 1AP

Joe Brittain
Blindness, 2016
two half karat black diamonds and black sand in glass globe
10 × 10 × 6 in

Joe Brittain
In a dream you lay down in a fallow field and cried out my name, 2016
pressed wildflowers and salt in steel frame
17.5 × 11.2 in

Joe Brittain
The Edge of an Island, 2016
wasp nests laid on paper framed
55.5 × 44 in

Joe Brittain
Walking Drawings, 2016
pure pigment, pencil, rust on board
7 × 9 in

Joe Brittain
Intercourse, 2015
installation view

Joe Brittain
Study for Proportionless Jewel #4, 2015
copper sulfate, porcelain, dopamine, salt, bleach, pure pigments, wood stain, Fantastik and moonshine on black cotton
24 × 24 in

Joe Brittain
The Word, 2015
ink on marble
78 × 4 7/8 × 5 1/2 inches

Cathedral, 2015
ink on marble
65 × 5 × 4 3/4 inches

Joe Brittain
Mind and Body, 2014
milled brass and artist made black perfume
36 × 2.5 × 2.5 inches

Joe Brittain
Tantalus, 2013
coal, glass sphere filled with ink and melatonin
10 × 7 × 7 in

Joe Brittain
Ocean and Boat, 2012
glass, ink, cork, and magnetized needle
14 × 18 × 18 inches

Joe Brittain
Knever Known, 2012
milled brass, cable and magnets
8 × 2.5 × 2.5 in

JOE BRITTAIN (b. 1980, USA)
Joe Brittain’s work is a combination of performance and sculpture. It is rooted in a deep curiosity for the material world and its lived history. The often disparate​ materials he uses come together in an exquisite corpse, like lines in a poem or ingredients in a spell. From this focused and frugal repertoire of de-contextualized material combined with ritualized and repetitious actions, Brittain works to create objects that emanate a sense of condensed psychic power, self-agency, and sacred weight. Using references from both his rural upbringing and more exotic raw materials from around the globe, the work explores both intimate and universal themes of connection to the world, to its long history and our place within both.

Brittain was the recipient of the NYFA Sculpture Fellowship, the Ramsey Award Winner and a Grant Nominee of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation.

BORN 1980 IN ARCADE, NY
LIVES AND WORKS IN BROOKLYN, NY

EDUCATION

2003

Honors BA, Art History/Studio Art, SUNY University at Buffalo, NY

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

Past Tense, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York
Qualia, Cuevas Tileard, New York

2016

Love & Loss, VOLTA New York, NY

2015

Intercourse, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York

2013

Wet Cement, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York

2011

AMP, Toomer Labzda Gallery, New York

2009

Psychic Neighbor, Ramiken Crucible, New York

2002

In the time it takes to get from here to there, Big Orbit Gallery, Buffalo, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016

Devotion, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York

2015

Hot Town, Cuevas Tileard, New York

2014

Personal Prehistories, Scaramouche Gallery, New York
Roving Room, Habersham Mills, Demorest, GA
Several Circles, Elizabeth Foundation, New York
Dark Markets, CUAC Salt Lake City and Oliver Francis, Dallas, TX

2013

Head, Yale Institute Library, New Haven, CT

2012

Year One, Toomer Labzda Gallery, New York
Return to Rattlesnake Mou​ntain, Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY
NONILLION, Regina Rex, Brooklyn

2010

Case Works, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Accrochage, Ramiken Crucible, New York, NY

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

2014

Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant Nominee

2011

NYFA Sculpture Fellowship, New York

2009

Resident, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2002

Resident, SVA Summer Residency Program, New York
Ramsey Award Winner, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

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