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In conjunction with The 50th anniversary celebration of the South Carolina Artist Fellowship, I will be returning to Sumter for the creation of a new site-specific work. A decade ago Sumter was the site of the second site-specific work I ever attempted. After a decade as an emerging artist it is fitting to revisit this location and city.
A show of works on paper and recent wall hangings will be on view at the Coastal Community Foundation’s Headquarters in Charleston SC
“HMA invites North Carolina artist Jonathan Brilliant for a week-long residency to create a site-specific installation in the Museum’s Coe Gallery using to-go coffee accoutrements as his art materials. The artist will laboriously weave 50,000+ wood coffee stirrers to create a site-responsive, colossal sculpture influenced by the gallery’s 25 foot ceiling and unique architectural features – spiral staircases and Palladian windows. Visitors will be able to walk under, in and around the undulating walls of this structure. The woven stirrers are held in place without the use of adhesives; tension and compression are what gives the structure strength and stability. Complementary smaller installations comprised of coffee cup sleeves, disposable lids and coffee stain wall drawings will also be included in the exhibition.”
In partnership with Twyla.com I will be creating a new site-specific installation during the High Point design Market. This work will then be disassembled and integrated into the Hickory Sticks installation.
A two person exhibition curated by Amy Moorefield is on view at the Taubman Museum of Art. more images here http://jonathanbrilliant.com/stircity
10 days were spent on sit creating a new site-specific installation for the Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art, curated by Edie Carpenter. image gallery here http://jonathanbrilliant.com/onsite
The Mankato Piece was created during the course of a week long residency within the art department. This project was made possible through the Nadine B. Andreas Artist and Scholar Endowment. A special thank you to Liz Miller and David Hamlow for generously providing lodgingand poodles. View full image gallery here http://jonathanbrilliant.com/mankato
The Clarksville Piece was built over the course of 4 days while in residence at Austin Peay State University. Special thanks to Macon St Hillaire, and Michael Dickins for facilitating this work. more images here http://jonathanbrilliant.com/clarksville/
I will be serving as a sabbatical replacement in the sculpture department at OU.
A group show of southeastern artists curated my Paul Matheny will be on view in Lipscomb gallery Beginning August 16. see my contribution here http://jonathanbrilliant.com/scmuseum
I was on site creating a new installation from March 24-April 4 2014. This project was developed by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, with support from the Louisiana Art & Science Museum, LSU School of Art, Baton Rouge Area Foundation,and Baton Rouge Community College. The exhibition is made possible thanks to generous support from Matt and Catherine Saurage and Ritter Maher Architects. see more images and video of the finished work here
The HQ Piece was a commissioned site-specific installation for the HQ Raleigh Corporate headquarters and co-working space. The project was facilitated through a partnership with the CAM Raleigh. more images here http://jonathanbrilliant.com/hq/
Campaign of Good Fortune is a series of human scale fortune cookie fortunes, printed yard signs, and custom printed fortune cookies. These fortunes are arranged to create a series of encounters in the grassy areas in front of the Kendall College Federal building, The Grand Rapids Public Museum, and at various sites throughout town. more images here http://jonathanbrilliant.com/goodfortune
I was one of four featured artists for the “Installation Art of the Carolinas” show curated by Erin Glaze-Nathanson for the Artfields festival. Along with artists, Jarod Charzewski, Jocelyn Chateauvert, and Herb Parker, I was in residence creating a new site-specific work for this event.
As part of the Artnow lecture series, focused on Southern contemporary artists, I will be giving a talk on my work and the “Have Sticks Will Travel” tour that has consumed the past 4 years of my life. A selection of prints, crates, and tour related ephemera was on display in the Education gallery, details here http://jonathanbrilliant.com/cratesandimpressions/
I will be giving a talk on my work, my process, and post ww2 artists represented within in the Becthler collection who have influenced me. more information and tickets here http://www.bechtler.org/Programs/Modern-mondays
A new permanent work comprised of woven and welded steel has been sited in a traffic circle at North Charleston’s new city hall site. view images here http://jonathanbrilliant.com/wovenstructure
DAC art consultants have commisioned a new suite of rust on paper works for a hotel in Greenville SC. This will be the first new rust on paper works created since 2009. previous examples are still available and viewable here http://jonathanbrilliant.com/rustonpaper/
A new Site-specific installation curated by Greg Wingo opened the beginning of October in a vacant pharmacy in downtown Birmingham. view a complete gallery of images here http://jonathanbrilliant.com/bham/
Soup to Nuts is an American English idiom conveying the meaning of “from beginning to end.” The phrase comes from the description of a full course dinner, in which courses progress from a soup to a dessert of nuts. These dinners are intimate casual affairs with artists serving as the main course. Of course we don’t eat the artist! Rather, we eat soup and devour the featured artist’s creative process as they describe inspiration, passions, grunt work, and, ultimately, final result. Lively conversation ensues. Soup to Nuts. These events occur 4 times per year and are a benefit of Patron Membership. more information on this event here.
How does problem solving in the visual arts relate to problem solving in math, social studies, science, or language arts? Join artist Jonathan Brilliant and NCMA educators for a workshop exploring the various ways artists have solved problems across the ages. Participants earn 0.5 CEU. Registration required.
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In September 2012 I was a visiting artist at California State University, Fresno. During that time I constructed a site-specific work for the Center for Creativity and The Arts. For more information and to see images of the Woven and Stacked exhibition click here
I was invited for a residency in Cairns, Far North Queensland Australia, where I created a new site-specific sculpture for the 2012 edition of The Cairns Festival. see the finished work here http://jonathanbrilliant.com/cairns
I am the summer 2012 Artist in Residence at Artspace Raleigh. The resulting work of my 3 week residency is now on view through September 21, 2012 in the exhibition To Weave. To Stack. To Stain. view images here http://jonathanbrilliant.com/artspacenc/
A 3 person show opened June 1st 2012. I will be contributed a new site work along with related works on paper curated by Kelly McChesney. There will be a catalog published on the occasion of this exhibition. view works here http://jonathanbrilliant.com/make-ends-meet/
I will be a featured speaker and conducting a workshop for teachers from across the state of North Carolina. Event requires pre-registration, more information available at this link: http://ncartmuseum.org/calendar/event/2012/03/29/spring_educator_expo_problem_solving_across_disciplines/
The three main elements for my installation at Columbia College are: a Series of Rust Prints, a large site work, and a new series of prints created in the facilities of Columbia College. The unifying element in all these works is my interest in drawing my way through a space. In this case all the “drawings” I am making will be created not through the literal artist’s hand or handwriting, but through the exploitation of labor, arrangement, and the physical properties of selected materials. view completed works here http://jonathanbrilliant.com/cc
For the Rebecca Randall Gallery I created an installation whose title was the instructions for creating the work found within the gallery. The show was a continuation of my explorations of materials found within the contemporary coffee shop merged with the processes of British nature based works. Wooden coffee stir sticks woven in place with tension, coffee cup sleeves stacked inside of one another and coffee grounds pressed into the wall combined to create a series of compositional elements designed to activate the entire gallery space. view completed work here http://www.jonathanbrilliant.com/conway
I was recently announced as a recipient of a Pollock Krasner individual Artist Grant. I am very humbled by this honor and appreciative to all those that have facilitated the creation of my work and allowed me to be so fortunate. Thank You.
A new site-specific installation utilizing all the materials of the to-go coffee shop culture was created for this solo exhibition. In addition new prints, editions, works on paper and a catalog are being planned for this exhibition. Curated by Caroline Cobb Wright. view completed work here http://www.jonathanbrilliant.com/richmond
A new site-specific woven stir stick installation was built in the street level gallery during the course of a two week visting artist residency. This exhibition was part of the Grand Rapids citywide Artprize festival. Curated by Sarah Joseph. http://jonathanbrilliant.com/have-sticks-will-travel-artprize-2011/
From the official press release:
SC Arts Commission Announces FY2012 Artist Fellowships
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Arts Commission Board has awarded Individual Artist Fellowships to four South Carolina artists in the categories of visual arts, craft, music performance and music composition. Each artist receives $5,000.
This year’s fellows are:
“The arts, and all the benefits they bring, depend on capable artists, who are central to the creative industries in our state,” said S.C. Arts Commission Executive Director Ken May. “The fellowships offer resources that artists can use to advance their careers. We’re fortunate to have funds to award thanks to a generous contribution from the South Carolina Arts Foundation.” more information available here on the SC Arts Commission website
I will be a visiting artist at Winthrop University leading a critique of the current senior thesis exhibitions in the afternoon followed by an Artist lecture at 5:30pm and a reception for the students at 6:30pm. for more information click here
Field of Good Fortune was a series of life size fortune cookie fortunes. These fortunes were printed on sign material mounted and arranged to create a series of pathways in the grassy area on the corner of Main and Lady in downtown Columbia SC. see completed project here
Four Recent Rust on Paper works were included in the Group Show Greenlight III curated by Joie Lassiter. The other Artists included in the exhibition are: Aurora Robson, Gowri Savoor, Elizabeth Knowles, Susan Knight, Mary Babcock and Kerry Philips.
From the Catalog Essay
“Jonathan Brilliant explores the progression of decay in his artwork by oxidizing steel and forcing the rust on to paper. This technique is used in his series Rust on Paper, allowing the viewer to contemplate the idea of using a foundry produced element such as steel, to produce patterns and repetitious imagery reminiscent of the natural world. These works further illustrate man’s ability to force change”- Joie Lassiter, 2011
To view more Rust on paper works go to jonathanbrilliant.com/rustonpaper/ for more information on the exhibition contact Joie Lassiter at lassitergallery.com
Two Rooms is a new site-specific installation for the Georgia College State University Galleries. One room contains a new series of viewer-activated, vibrating, audio-enabled coffee cups. In another room a new site-specific site-responsive work utilizing the pre- and post-consumer materials of the American to-go coffee shop culture will be created. Full documentation viewable by following this link.
A new temporary site-specific video installation reflecting my time spent in Residence at The McColl Center for Visual Art full documentation viewable here
The culmination of the 18month Have Sticks Will Travel World Tour. For this multi-room multi-media installation several works are presented in order to encapsulate the experience of the tour. In the first room prints that were editioned at various stops during the year are intermingled with new versions of the coffee cup sleeve line and coffee lid wall installations. In the second room a new site-specific woven stir stick installation has been created in response to the unique architecture of the space. On the video wall a collection of tour videos, stop motion videos, installation documentation and various related media from the entire tour are playing in a loop. To view full image gallery please click here
To view selections of the work created while in residence please click here
The Have Sticks Will Travel World Tour was a marathon series of site-specific installations that took place in thirteen galleries, in eighteen months, in three countries, on two continents. Along the tour I used the galleries and facilities I was provided as my studio, creating my woven tensile stir stick installations entirely in situ. At various points along the tour I created and exhibited prints, t-shirts, posters and related artist multiples. The goal was to allow this body of work to feed itself where each subsequent installation reflected the lessons learned in previous installations.
T-Shirts, Posters, Prints, and other artist multiples available online www.jonathanbrilliant.com/shop
Iced Beverage Basket, Outdoor steel work placed on University of West Georgia Campus, Carrolton Georgia www.jonathanbrilliant.com/iced
Big Ass Water Bottle, Permanent welded steel work placed at Riverfront park North Charleston SC www.jonathanbrilliant.com/waterbottle
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